Dear friends in Christ,
I don’t know anybody who likes to stay inside more than I do. I love doing crafts, I love baking, I love doing all kinds of things that require copious amounts of time indoors. And in God’s hilarious way, I am paired up in my life journey with a wonderful man who runs a camp. A place which, by its very definition, gets people to be outside more than their normal day would allow. I’ll take a pass at having to look for ticks later on, thank you.
Every year, on the day after Memorial Day, we have a ritual. Chad gets up on that Tuesday morning, and heads off to work to start staff training with the energetic bunch of college kids that he will work with all summer long. And before he leaves, I give him a kiss and then I sing “See you in September” (that song from the 60’s by the Happenings). Because I know that while he will come home at night and sleep, and we’ll see each other at lunch every day, from that moment on, he is mentally at camp all summer. And every year, by about day three of staff training, Chad comes home and says something like “I am really not in my 20’s anymore. I just don’t have the same energy I had when I was their age!”
There are some really wonderful things about the summer season as the wife of a camp director. My kids get a daily dose of camp songs. They feel more and more comfortable each year with the big kids, with kids their own age, and with being outside in the fresh air. The summer season brings with it certain predictable things and certain surprises. But each year, it calls to mind more and more clearly the words of Psalm 121:
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.
I know that summertime brings its own kind of busy goings-on. I know that lots of you will travel and be on your way hither, thither, and yon. But in your coming and going, I know that “He who keeps you will not slumber….He will keep your going out and your coming in.” I pray that your summer is full of joyful sunshine, of restful sleeping, and most of all, a reminder of God’s abundant love for you!