VBS: Vacation Bible School or Vehicle for Blatant Signs?Posted: July 23, 2012
By Keith and Tracy Anderson.
“We should feel joyous when we run into
problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.
And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our
confident hope in salvation.” Romans 5:3&4
Recently, my wife and I have been dealing with some issues from our pasts that have challenged our faith and relationship. We came to the conclusion that for a long time we were just going through the motions of life. We had lost a lot of the passion and fire that you have in the initial stages of dating and sadly we were on a downward slope with our faith as well. The issues we are dealing with are grim and they made us question God. They made us doubt who we were as individuals and as a couple.
It wasn’t until 07/07, that God finally said enough. It wasn’t until 07/07 that God said, welcome back my children. This day may have been one of the most difficult days in both of our 32 year lives, but God would not allow us to go through this alone. He would not allow us to abandon our faith, and instead he began to talk to us, and for the first time in a very long time we listened.
That first day, when our world was rocked to the very core, God told us he didn’t care at all about our pasts. He told us we are more than our pasts. Over, and over, and over. He used music. He used devotionals. He used books.
And then he screamed so loudly, we couldn’t get a word in edgewise.
He used St. Paul’s Vacation Bible School.
VBS began on 07/09, only two days after our D-day. Our 3 year old son, Chase, had been looking forward to the week for a long time. We were both eager for him to be learning about God, but selfishly we were still dealing with our “stuff.” With a month long trip for me only a week away, I was concerned with a lot of the logistics of my trip as well as what this month away from my wife would mean.
Well God continued to show us that he doesn’t care about “logistics.” In the midst of pain, anxiety, fear and regret unlike anything we’ve felt, Chase came home every day last week delivering exactly what we needed to get through that moment. So spot on, so insane, that there was no denying that it was God pouring through memory verse bookmarks and art projects, through our son, and into our marriage.
For the sake of time, we won’t attempt to match up the exact moments with the exact ways God spoke. Know that everything was spot on. Undeniably, supernaturally spot on. And during this entire time, Chase was expanding in his faith as well. His prayers were developing each night, and you could really begin to hear the passion in his little voice. He was praying for more than just our food, and you could see a real relationship with God begin to develop.
So if you were a part of the week long “Adventures on Promise Island,” THANK YOU. Thank you for taking a week out of your busy lives to not only develop the faith of a three year old, but for assisting in the restoration of faith and hope in and 8-year marriage and in God. A God who is alive and well and who has begun revealing to us that even though we may have strayed from him there were signs of Him surrounding our pasts as well. There were signs that we missed and ignored, over and over. So open up and pray with your spouse today. When we pray together, God can perform miracles in our lives. He can change our hearts and allow forgiveness in an instant.
“Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”