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A Respite at Camp
In this mix I tried to re-create a very powerful moment that I had during a bible camp I was recently a cabin leader/counselor at. It had been a long week for most of the staff, and on Thursday (the last full day of camp) I went to take a nap during the camp "talent show" since all of the kids would be in one place, and supervised fine without me. As I tried to sleep for even a short time, which shouldn't have been hard given my energy level, I couldn't. Instead I spent some time laying there, reading the Word and praying, but it still felt off. Something prompted me to get on my knees in front of my bunk.
Quick aside, I don't kneel to pray, it was never something that I felt was needed. On top of this, I had always been a bit (okay, very...) skeptical when it comes to "supernatural events" like speaking in tongues, faith healing, even audibly hearing God, this week had been changing that through some of the events that God allowed to happen. Anyway, back to the story...
So I did, I got on my knees and prayed for a while, until something strange happened, my brain stopped. Now this sounds fairly normal, you run out of things to think about, but not for me, my brain is always running, even when I try to make it stop. But it did, I actually couldn't think, my brain was blank. I had to force thought into my head, I assumed it was a spiritual attack (again, based on earlier happenings) and tried to push on. But again, my brain went blank. I admit to a certain level of frustration here, but than I heard it, or didn't hear it. At camp there are always noises, campers playing games, talking, singing, running, always something. But the campers were inside a building over 200 ft away, there was nothing, just the wind in the trees, and a few birds, it was the first bit of peace I had that week, and it was beautiful. Then I heard it! Not a voice from the heavens, not a booming sound, just a thought. A booming, whispered thought (sounds like a contradiction, but I can't find better words). It wasn't my thought, I was still fighting to think at all, but it was a clear thought.
"Be still and know that I am God."
That simple phrase, found in Psalms 46:10, THAT is what I needed to hear. In a week full of hustle and bustle, I needed to be still, and know. How often in our lives, in this world of constant noise and distraction do we forget to be still and KNOW that He is God?
I went into the cabin tired, exhausted even, and I didn't sleep. It was 15-20 minutes of "rest" after a week of going non-stop. But I left that cabin with more energy than I knew what to do with! When we are tired, stressed, beaten, drained, or just down, it is important to just be still and know.
"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." -Isaiah 40:31
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List of audio files used:
- Distant birds by by Dobroide - www.freesound.org +)
- crested Hawk by By India - www.freesound.org +)
- Branches Rubbing by Dave Incamas www.freesound.org +)
- Soft Wind by George Vlad of Alchemy Audio Design +)
- Bird Chirp 2 by keweldog from freesound.org +)
- Leaves rustling by www.soundsnap.com *)
- wind blow in the trees by www.soundsnap.com *)
- Wind blows in leaves by www.soundsnap.com *)
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