2017: Page 66

Page 66 was a long and full day, so I’m doing the actual writing of the page the next morning.  The day began early as I headed into work to do the usual morning cleaning and building prep before the start of the school day.  After cleaning bathrooms and hallways, I did a morning walk-through of the building then began loading the prayer ministry display material in the truck for the CCCA conference.  Even with a light drizzle, the air surrounding the building was filled with the sounds of praise as the cardinals were out sharing their joyous song.  

With the truck loaded, I headed out of town on my way to Gull Lake Ministries in Hickory Corners, Michigan for the “vendor fair” of the Christian Camp & Conference Association’s Great Lakes Super-Sectional Conference.  As I headed north, it felt like the wind was fighting against me, so I made a quick stop along Lake Michigan only to be surprised that the waves weren’t very significant.  My next stop was Sam’s Club to get bait — chocolate to put on the display table to entice people to stop at least for a moment. 🙂

I arrived at the conference location shortly before noon and began setting up my display.  As I worked, they announced that lunch was being served in the cafeteria, so I paused my work and went to get lunch.  I had been to this conference several times in the past as a camp staff member, so I was familiar enough with where things were and what to expect.  I did notice two big differences, they had completely remodeled the dining area to enlarge it and open it up to even more light as it overlooks Gull Lake and today the surface of the lake was rather choppy where in previous visits there were people out ice fishing on it.  j

After a good lunch, I headed back to the gymnasium area to finish up the display and wait for the vendor fair to begin.  It is a limited amount of space with a lot of people coming through in a relatively short amount of time.  The atmosphere and acoustics make it rather loud, so conversations seem to involve trying to out-talk the surrounding noise.  There were a number of good conversations and quite a few resources were put into the hands of camp staff.  I did bring more back with me than I had hoped, but being my first time with a display at this conference, I may have overestimated what I needed to take.  The most surprising thing to me was that very little of the chocolate was taken!  

Once the vendor fair part of the conference was over, I packed up the display and materials and loaded them back in the truck.  As I left the property, the morning drizzle and gray sky and turned into a somewhat warm, sunny day.  Since my route home takes me very near Lake Michigan and it was going to be the sunset hour as I went by, I had to stop and take some photos.  Today’s photo was taken in St Joseph, Michigan with the sun setting behind the lighthouse.  If you look closely, there is a person in the water on the far right side of the picture.  While not significant in size, there were enough waves that several people were out surfing on the cold waters of Lake Michigan.  Once the sun had set, I headed home and starting going through the day’s photos before deciding I needed to sleep so the writing of the page would have to wait until morning.

As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:

  • Schedules and routine are important, but so is rest.  Jesus said, “Sabbath was created for man, not man for the Sabbath.”  I think the same principle can apply to schedules and routines.
  • Our surroundings may change the sound of our worship, but they shouldn’t be able to silence it.
  • The winds of life can produce waves that are either gentle and calming or waves that threaten to sink you.  The difference isn’t always the force of the wind but rather the direction it is coming from.  Seek to be moved along by the winds of God’s Spirit.
  • A life that is lived well for Christ should be the “bait” that attracts people to wanting to hear about the hope that is within you.
  • God calls each of us to let our lights shine, but to do so in a way that it is His light that is seen.

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