Friday, June 13, 2008

The Road to Frontier Ranch

I arrived at the Target parking lot a few minutes before seven this morning to see my Young Life kids and fellow leaders off as they head to Buena Vista, Colorado to spend the week at Frontier Ranch. I am never so much encouraged as when I am with the Young Life family; kids, leaders, parents, and committee.

As the kids packed their bags and said goodbyes to parents and as leaders loaded their gear and an incredible amount of food, I felt a twinge of sadness that I wasn't loading up my bags and getting on the bus as well. However, I have complete and total confidence that the people on that bus are the ones that God wanted there.

James Rockwell, our fearless leader and area director, gathered all the leaders, parents, and committee members together and Claude led us in prayer. He committed the trip, the kids, and the leaders to God and prayed for their protection as they travel. As the kids got on the bus, followed shortly thereafter by the leaders, I joined Susanne McClusky and Cheryl Carrol and we prayed yet again as the bus pulled out of the parking lot.

I write about this and share with you because this morning, with all the disappointment and sadness that I felt not being on that bus, was simply wonderful. To be surrounded by the body of believers and to be able to join together in prayer for people that we love dearly and care so much about was powerful. I wish I could start every morning out like that.

"The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." -James 5:16b

"I sought the Lord and he answered me..." -Psalm 34:4

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours."-Mark 11:24

"For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you..."-Colossians 1:9


Ashley said...

I know exactly how you feel. I wish I could have been there this morning to see everyone off. I really miss our very early Thursday breakfast and I would give anything to have those again. I miss you so much.

T said...

I miss you so much too! The boys were so excited and Davi has a mo-hawk. Hilarious. There was so much food! I really wish I was on that bus...