Sometimes God has to take control to keep me from messing things up. That’s what He did when one of my chapel services ran long last month. I glanced at the clock and decided to skip the closing song. We didn’t have time. We had evening activities to get to.
The next thing I knew, I was playing the song. I didn’t know why. I just did it.
As the music played, I looked around at the eighty campers in the room. Molly sat in the back row, listening to the words about following God and never turning back.
My mind was flooded with images of Molly on our climbing tower the day before. She had climbed half-way up the 50-foot tower, but then stopped. Fear rose up inside her, and she was stuck. I’d seen this before, and, when she hadn’t moved after two minutes, I was sure she would give up and turn back. But then determination overcame her fear. She finished her climb, and rode the zip line to the ground.
In the chapel room, listening to that song, Molly’s soul came alive. Her experience the day before on the tower had shown her that she didn’t have to let fear control her life. Now, as the music played, she realized that the same principle applied to her relationship with God.
Stuck for a moment on the precipice of faith and fear, faith won. Molly surrendered to Christ, and the fear fell away. Later, she told her cabin director, “It was the song that did it for me. God spoke to me through that song.”
It was the song I almost didn’t play. The song I intended to skip. But God had bigger, better plans.
There’s one more thing you need to know about Molly. She came to camp on a scholarship. A church sponsored her and several other kids as an outreach to their community.
Molly had just a few dollars of spending money for camp. At the end of the week, she approached me to say goodbye. As she did so, Molly handed me her spending money and told me she wanted to donate it to help another child to be able to attend camp. She had almost nothing, but she gave everything she had.
What Molly received at camp, however, has changed her life forever.