The Joy of Saying YesSeptember 11, 2012
The joy of saying “yes”
By Jonnah Baker
If you know much about Camp Loucon, you know that Presentation is one of the most impactful experiences of the whole week, watching the theatrical reliving of Jesus’s last days on earth. So as a staff, we pray a lot about God working during that. One night at staff worship, it was the night before Presentation, and we were having a time of boldly praying about what God would do in the lives of the kids on Vesper Hill. I was so on fire after that, and (surprise, surprise) had many a tears flow. The next morning, I felt God calling me to give the altar call that follows Presentation. And suddenly all these excuses flooded into my head. I’m not good enough for that. Other people are better-spoken than I am. They won’t be receptive to me because I will just start crying. I won’t know what to say. The list goes on and on. Then I was reminded of the commitment I made to God at the beginning of the summer, that my time at camp (not to mention my whole life, period) is to be a sacrificial offering to the one who sacrificed His life for me. So, before I had the time to wimp out, I texted Warren, our beloved camp director, to tell him that I felt God telling me to give the altar call. His response: “Awesome.”
And awesome it was. I prayed for a solid hour about the Presentation and about what God wanted to say through me. Then, after it was all said and done, and the campers were about to head back to their cabins, Pastor Eric Bryant, the dean of junior high camp that week, came up to me and told me about how one of his campers had accepted Christ that night because of some of the things I had said. God’s grace astounds me! The very next day, I had the privilege of lifeguarding the pool as Pastor Eric baptized that boy – praise God!
Saying “yes” to God in that way was one of the replica watches most fulfilling things I have ever done. If you think about it, it’s entirely dumb to ever say no to God, the One who created the universe and has a perfect plan for our lives. But we do it. My prayer is that our yes’s flourish and our no’s diminish.