Spring has sprung!
Well, according to the calendar at least. But in reality our three camps in Waupaca, Clintonville, and Hatley, as well as our administrative office in Appleton, received around two feet or more of snow over the weekend. And we all know what snow does when it's windy - it drifts. Some of our snow drifts are five to six feet in height!
The snowstorm forced most of us to change our plans. At Crossways, we had to cancel our highly anticipated annual B.Y.G. (Building Youth Groups) Retreat at Imago Dei Village, but the opportunity presented itself to potentially add a second retreat for this age group in October - more details on that later! Congregations had to cancel worship services, even rescheduling Affirmation of Baptism services. And families were prompted to break out the winter wear again as the weather gave us another opportunity for winter recreation.
Life does that sometimes, doesn't it? Every so often we are forced to change our plans. This might be annoying at best or heart-wrenching at its worst, but it does happen. In subtle and not-so-subtle ways we are always being reminded that we are not in control.
So when this happens - when we are forced to stop and pause or change course - we can try to resist. We can try, but we know where that leads: frustration, even despair. Instead, let's take relief in knowing we
aren't the ones in ultimate control - God is. God's got this. No matter what "it" is, God is in control.
As we prepare for a busy summer at our camps we remember this daily. Historic blizzards in mid-April serve as great reminders, even when we would have preferred something less dramatic (and involving less clean up). Still, may you also be reminded of God's guiding hand each and every day. And hopefully God will "guide" you to camp this summer, when we hope to have less snow.