The dust is settling and daily routine is becoming the norm once again for us even though we long for the moments the summer gives – to spur each other on and speak life to one another as we are gathered together (Hebrews 10:24). Reflecting on the summer at EQUIP Boot Camp & the ENGAGE Internship stirs up so many memories of how the Lord worked and met me with His faithfulness. The lessons He taught me were personal. They were powerful. And many of them were experienced in the community God gave with the students, camp staff, and interns.
Looking back just a few months ago, our team was on the brink of the busiest season of student ministry here at Precept. We had spent the entire first half of the year prepping and planning to have everything together for a successful summer…And if I’m honest, I love the feeling when I can check something off the to-do list, when details are in order, and everything is going according to plan. Maybe you can relate?
Then it happened. Much of what was in place needed to be re-worked and adjustments had to be made almost daily. Yet, in preparation for the interns’ arrival in May and camp starting in June, our team had been praying the truths from Ephesians for one another asking God to make known to us the same things Paul prays for the saints.
So it seemed a new lesson was in order for me – or maybe an old one that I thought I had learned re-surfacing itself. This lesson was knowing the “surpassing greatness of His power towards us who believe” (Ephesians 1:19) and what it looks like to be carried by the “God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:10). That sounds wonderful, right?
We all want grace and power; but at what cost? Do we realize that when we ask God for one thing like His grace and power, we are also asking for something else to accompany it?
Take for example what is written in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10:
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (NASB)
Learning to embrace, boast in, and even pray for weakness is part of the equation to knowing the power of God and experiencing His grace in our lives.
This summer I began to see our circumstances (and most would say difficulties) as opportunities for His power to be on display in an even greater way. The power of God is most magnified when I witness the widespread chasm between my finite ability in my circumstances and His immeasurable power to perform the impossible. I then see the sufficiency of God’s grace to make me strong. However, because of my flesh, I do not naturally enjoy being in this weak posture BUT these past few months it has been a dwelling place I truly want to reside in, recognizing that the success of both our summer events was solely dependent on the Lord and His Spirit to transform hearts!
The Lord met me and showed Himself faithful. His grace carried me. This idea of the SURPASSING greatness of God’s power was what stuck with me throughout the summer. All and all, this is my reflection looking back on a summer well spent resting in my weaknesses while trusting in His power.
If you’ve been around Transform Student Ministries the past couple of years, you’ve probably met Carlotta. She’s a major part of Transform’s team and is passionate about reaching young people and loves building relationships with anyone who comes across her path. Carlotta’s love for the Lord is contagious, and being around her makes you want to know more about her Savior. Not to mention that she loves good food, friends, and a good old-fashioned dance party!