By: Staci Stallings
Every year at Vacation Bible School time I get a crash course in what it’s like to live in God’s Hands. Not that I don’t live that way the rest of the year, but there are just certain realities that become very stark during VBS.
Reality #1: I am NOT in control. That’s a tough one for me. It’s really hard to let go and realize that God’s got it… whether I see how it will work or not.
Reality #2: I can’t control everyone else. They are in God’s Hands as well. I can breathe and help and be there, but no matter how much I might want to, I can’t do their lines for them. THEY have to. I can’t “act” for them. They have to. And I have to have enough faith to let them.
REALITY #3: God’s way works. Every. Single. Time. Now sometimes in the midst of life it’s hard to see just HOW He’s getting things to work out, but they always do. You can rest in that assurance.
Like I said, it never fails the lessons I learn about God during VBS. Last night as I lay in bed, the sets and lights and music and actors and lines spinning through my head, I kept telling myself, “God’s got this. God’s got this. It’s HIS play. He’ll do it. Let it go. Trust Him.” But the doubts and fears and worries kept swirling. What if… When that happens, we need to… Oh, how are we ever going to…
I’m not sure how much of that was Satan whipping up the wind and waves around me and how much was me looking at them. But each time, I kept telling myself, “God’s in control. God can handle it. Let it go. Trust Him.” Finally after what seemed like an eternity of this back and forth, faith vs. fear battle, I said, “You know, sometimes it’s scary how much my faith resembles doubt!” I kind of then laughed about it because here’s the truth… faith is not easy when you’re doing something Satan wants to stop you from doing. And let me tell you, that mustard seed worth sure doesn’t feel like much.
But it is. Oh, it is!
In fact, I’d like to show you what that little, mustard seed of faith that I clung to last night looked like today. This is what being in God’s Hands looks like because this wasn’t me. This was HIM!
We hope you are blessed by the following video. It was taken during the second half of today’s VBS play. The actors are all teenagers (we are all in very good hands with these kids. Don’t ever let ANYONE tell you otherwise! They are absolutely AWESOME!). The song is “Glorious Day” by Casting Crowns. The performance was stage-directed by my awesome daughter who is 12 and filmed by my other daughter who is 15 (again, we’re in VERY good hands!). This is what resting in God’s hands in the midst of the storm looks like:
[After you watch: Please note the “storm” that happens behind Jesus at the mention of hell and Satan was not in the script. That was totally 100% God! Also, note that this was performed in front of 26 kindergarten students who were as in awe as I was as I’m not sure you even hear them breathe once the door to the room closes.)
Feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be blessed by it. And remember to tell them: God is amazing!