I worked as a Junior Counselor this summer at a Christian summer camp.
But I didn’t sign up to be a counselor. I never would have signed up to be one.
This winter/spring, my friends were trying to convince me to apply to CG. I told them ‘nah’ over and over again until they finally sent me the job description for Media Assistant. After realizing that fit it to a tee, I begrudgingly agreed to fill out the application and see what happened.
As I filled in my crazy long application, I realized that it was something God was leading me to do, and I felt very strongly that I was going to be accepted, though I couldn’t have told you why.
Fast forward a couple months, and I got a call from the co-Director, Mrs. K. I was super nervous, but she was very sweet and put me at ease. 🙂 She told me that they were removing the media positions, but that they still wanted me to work for them, so would I consider being a Junior Counselor? I was so elated by the fact that they actually liked me that I said ‘Sure!’
Later, I realized that I had valid reasons for not signing up to be a counselor in the first place.
- I don’t know how to talk to/handle little kids.
- I’ve only been to camp once in my life, and that was for a teen week, which is always different than every other week.
- *most importantly* I didn’t know how to be a counselor!!
So, I was slightly panicking in the weeks after that phone call.
However, the two weeks I worked (plus a week and a half of staff time) grew me in ways I could never have imagined.
I went through an intense stretching process in that very short (yet extremely long) time. I almost had a nervous breakdown, took a couple of voluntary naps for the first time in my life (which helped stave off the previous point), and bonded with an amazing group of people who were just a bunch of scary strangers (#homeschoollife) a month or two before. I wouldn’t have survived without God’s strength in me and without the support group (we’re called counselors for a reason!) that He generously provided.
Our assistant director, D, and his girlfriend, the head counselor, Miss E, poured into us counselors as our spiritual “parents.” They had prayed for a whole new summer staff, and we were their answer. They genuinely loved us and expressed that verbally and practically as often as they could.
Everyone knew that God had brought each of us there for a reason, and the full-time staff members made us feel appreciated and loved, individually and corporately.
It was a summer beyond my wildest expectations.
And to think that I had fought it.
We usually don’t know what’s good for us. However, God does. If you let Him plan your life instead of you (not with), it pays off. Believe me. God knows.
Before you set your mind against something, pray about it and make sure that you aren’t about to miss God’s next right turn. 🙂