I have watched Karate Kid today. I have not seen the old one, but lemme tell you, the new one was great!
There was one quote that Mr. Han (Jackie Chan) said that made me take out my iPod and write it down so I won’t forget. He was telling Dre about the lady who “charmed” the snake. Dre thought that the lady repeated the moves of the cobra, yet it was the cobra who was imitating the lady. Dre wondered out loud whether one can control someone else by doing nothing, to which Mr. Han replied,
“Being still and doing nothing are two different things.”
As soon as the words were out of his mouth, I have been reminded of Psalm 46:10:
Be still, and know that I am God!
For me, being still is always tough. In this camp, where I have been just now, the moments that were the toughest for me were the ones when someone would tell me “Go get some rest.” I… I just could not. I knew that everything was under control and that the counselors were with their kids, yet the responsibility of being the director was new to me. I did not know where I fit in or what I should do. For 10 years, I have been a counselor. For 10 years, I have gotten used to the fact that in the camp I tend to my kiddos and whenever I get free time, I look for something else I can help someone else with. There are times when I can allow myself some rest, but usually, I simply can’t relax while others are working.
Yet… God still commands, “BE STILL.”
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Psalm 23:3-4, NLT
That’s what I really need. That kind of rest – rest in the knowledge that He has everything under His control.
Thank God for the strength He provided in the camp and for surprises that He has prepared for us along the way. Thank God that His presence and His works were visible in the camp (and not just there). And to be completely honest, thank God that the camp is over :D…. 3.5 day camp was quite enough to try out a role of a camp director. I have no idea how Iryna, our Children’s Ministries Director, manages to conduct 10-day camps for 220+ people.
More details about the camp tomorrow. For now, I shall rest.