Green Apple Gatorade

07/23/16

My biggest highlight of the day wasn't during the field trip on Friday. 

It was greeting a little girl as she came running toward me from her house.

She and her three sisters hadn't been on the field trip that day.  They were headed to a family reunion that evening and had to stay home and pack.

One by one each of her sisters also ran over and gave me hugs.

I could tell that they had missed being at camp.  We chatted for a while in the hot sun.  They brought both of their little brothers over to meet me.

The youngest girl sang a worship song we've been singing at camp, "Start a fire in my soul..."

The oldest talked about becoming a StreetLeader when she gets old enough.

They commented on the staff they had seen around the neighborhood.

What are y'all still doing here? They wondered.

We're hanging out as a staff, playing volleyball in the gym, I said.

They ran back and forth to their house.  Eventually, one girl ran over carrying a Gatorade.

"Oooh, mama didn't say you could have a Gatorade!" The older sister said.

"It's for you," She said and handed it to me.  "Dad told me to bring it to you." 

I looked across the street and their dad was grinning ear to ear. "Try it," he yelled.  "There's no better flavor of Gatorade."

He was right.  The cold Green Apple treat was a refreshing relief on a hot day.

That was a holy moment right there.  I let God's Goodness wash over me as I remembered His call.  

The center of God's will for me that day was in the middle of an asphalt parking lot, loving some girls, and drinking a gifted Gatorade.

And I remembered, God is Good. 

This has been an incredible summer.  We have incredible campers, staff, and StreetLeaders.  I believe seeds are being planted for God's Kingdom: seeds of light, love, life, and truth.  Thank you for your prayers and support.  God is Alive. His Love is real, and is our only hope!

20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

   Philippians 3:20-21



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