Have you ever been placed in a situation that wasn't ideal and at times you even considered "wrong" but felt that you needed to submit to it and trust in the Lord? I have been going through one of those experiences....
This week my daughter and I head to Stake Girls Camp and this year I been called to serve as the Ward Camp Director. We have spent the last several months working hard on preparations to have a spiritual and positive experience. We've had a few bumps in the road though.
Most of the burden for Stake Girls Camp as fallen on the Wards. We are taking care of 8 1/2 out of 10 meals and all the certification for starters. The hard part was creating something spiritual from this overwhelming assignment: "Rewrite a Dr. Seuss book with a spiritual theme. Base all devotionals, camp site decorations, flags, cheers, Secret Ward activities and skit around your Dr. Seuss theme." Monday night's activity includes watching "Horton Hears a Who" as a stake.
This small calling has proven to be hard for me. I love the Young Women's program however. I have served in Young Women's multiple times including serving as President. I feel there is a great war on in this world and I feel my fighting gloves come on when I get put in the Young Women's program. Fighting gloves to combat evil and teach the young women about God's love for them and the great evil that prevails and seeks to destroy them and their role as wife and mother. I tend to want to disregard all the fun activities and want to focus on serving others and spiritual growth.
Anyway....I have had to humble myself exceedingly in order to fulfil assignments that are completely out of my realm of comprehension. Through this process I have felt the Lord with me. When I have felt completely overwhelmed with coming up with a cheer for a particular assignment I have felt the Lord whisper words to me. When I've been given a book that I was told to illustrate and Modge Podge around a Dr. Seuss theme that I needed to create the Lord has helped me. The Lord has provided inspiration to help me fulfill all my assignments.
I have always known and I continue to know that the Lord really is in control. He will help me through the ridiculous and provide a way to teach and testify. I am reminded that all people in all positions in the church (including myself) are mortal and imperfect. Good intentions can often end up going in the wrong direction. But the Lord has a higher plan. He knows what's going on and He will ensure that everyone learns what they need to learn and progress in whatever capacity He wants them too. One of my lessons is to learn to submit. I have to learn to submit even when I think something is ridiculous. If I learn to submit in the ridiculous than I will be that much closer to submitting in the hard and terrible things that will come in the future.
One girl approached me very distraught and said, "I don't know why I even need to go. This is so stupid. I won't learn a thing and it will be a waste of my time." I disagreed and promptly listed the following as reasons to go and participate:
- Opportunity to enrich current friendships.
- Opportunity to make new friends.
- Opportunity to serve others.
- Opportunity to reach out to those that are unnoticed and down trodden.
- Opportunity to feel the Spirit as you commune in nature and notice the beauties of the earth.
- Opportunity to obey even when we would rather not.
- Opportunity to choose happiness even in the ridiculous.
- Opportunity to learn from other's good examples.
- Opportunity to learn new skills.
- Opportunity to practice all those things we read in the scriptures about being Christ-like.
I hope that I can remember the lessons I am learning through this experience so that I can become the women that God wants me to be. I hope that these lessons can help you as you sort through situations in your life that may not be ideal.
So now I asked that you pray for me this week so that I can keep my promises to myself and to the Lord! : )