Our Plans


Last week, I had the opportunity to direct our association's teen camp. The planning for this started several month's back. First, I began looking for an evangelist. I went to my friends and mentors first, looking for guys that I knew would be good. None of them were able and available. Next I went with a guy that I didn't know, but I believe he is now a good friend of mine. My wife had heard him several years ago at another camp and said that he would be a great fit for camp. It turns out that he was a perfect fit for camp.

I also began planning to do whatever it took to get God's Not Dead to be shown at camp. That didn't work out either. Turns out that it wasn't coming out for churches until late June/early July. The lady a Pure Flix recommended another movie to us, Encounter.  I hate to say this, but I'm not a fan of most Christian movies because they try to hard. They either come out cheesy or boring. Now I like the films that Sherwood has put out. I believe that they have done a good job of creating a real life movie that wasn't too cheesy. Determined to see if this movie was going to work for us, I sat down to watch it. It actually turned out to be a pretty good movie. It spoke truth to a hurting world and it even answered some of the hard questions of the Bible. So I decided we would show it at camp. I still wasn't sure if the teens were going to enjoy it, but I couldn't have been more wrong. The movie really spoke to the hearts of the young people. Four of the boys got saved during the devotion and discussion time that followed the movie.

We also had devotion/class time after breakfast each morning. I gave each of the teachers a generalized topic and let them create their own lessons based on that. All of the classed went well. The point is that all of it went well. It all fit together like perfect puzzle pieces. The class time, the movie, the evangelist's sermons, all of it fit together perfectly. I'm not saying this to get credit for any of it. I'm confessing that there is no way that I could've done this. God put everything in place. God shaped and designed it all. I'm reminded of a verse in Proverbs:

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
-Proverbs 16:9

The point is that we often make our plans of what we think will be best, and then God takes those plans and guides us to an even better plan. This all happens if we are willing to do it for Him. I wanted camp to be big. I wanted God to do big things. AND HE DID far greater than I ever could've imagined! I am so thankful that I serve an awesome God.

Can you think of a time when God surprised you with how well He put something together? Maybe it was a bad situation that He turned for good, maybe it was a good situation that He increased and made better. Comment and share if you have a story about a time when God blessed you with His magnificent plans for you.