Well, the summer is over at Camp Marannook. The campers have returned home. The counselors have returned to college. The support staff has returned to high school. The schedule for the year round staff goes back to something close to ‘normal.’
I have mixed emotions. The summer is an amazing time at Marannook as I watch many people grow in leaps and bounds. I’m excited to see what they are learning and how they are applying it. At the same time, I’m sad because the summer is over for us, and I know that this special summer has passed. Some of the staff will come back for a visit, and a few will return to work, but the reality is most have moved on.
I’m excited to see what happens next for counselors, though. It’s wrong of me to want to keep them in this ‘bubble’ as many call it. I’m excited to see what they will do in their own lives and in the lives of the many others they will come in contact with this coming school year. I’ve talked to many of them about their plans for ministry and their own personal growth.
I’m the most excited to see what GOD will do. As one of my wise staff said after everyone had returned to their homes, “God is with us now as much as He was with us at Marannook.” Amen. I know that HE will use them in amazing ways just as HE did this summer. I know HE has big things planned for them because HIS plans are always big, so I’m looking forward in anticipation for what HE will do through them.
For me, it’s time to start getting ready for next summer. I basically keep one eye looking at my past staff and one eye looking for the next group. What will GOD do this year to prepare a new staff for the next summer? Big things because HIS plans are always big.