Here I Am

I went to summer camp last week, and I honestly have no words to describe how amazing it was. It was mind-blowing to say the least. I went in expecting nothing except a closer relationship with God, and WOW, did He deliver! There are so many different directions that I could take this post and so many things that I could say and tell you about. Camp was amazing and I met so many awesome people who I miss so much! I got a TON out of camp, but the main message I feel that God was trying to tell me is this: “I am before and behind you, so don’t fear the future. Trust me and go.”

Over and over again, He showed me the importance of just saying “Here I am” and trusting His will for my life. I don’t have to be scared or feel alone because He is here and will never leave. I can trust Him to lead me into an amazing future.

I had never been to that camp before, and honestly I was really nervous about trying something so new and different. I went because I felt God wanted me to, and I am soo glad that I did. I had been in a rut before–it seemed as though no matter how much I read the Bible, prayed, or did anything I wasn’t moving anywhere. I was just stuck and waiting on God to move again. But now I have a renewed view of God’s will for my life and I feel like I’m moving and growing again! I am really, truly pursuing God again.

I wanted to write to you all today to remind you of how important it is to simply be willing. God can use anybody, no matter how insignificant you may feel or how many mistakes you have made in the past. Your weaknesses do not define you because you can do all things through Christ!

The camp speaker for the week told us how he had been so shy in high school that he failed English because he couldn’t get up and give a speech to the class. He went to summer school instead–just to pass English! But now, after being saved, he has spoken in all 50 states, written several books, and interviewed all kinds of people! I found that to be really inspiring. God can use you despite your weaknesses.

There are several “here I am” moments in the Bible, including Abraham when God called him to sacrifice his son, Samuel when he thought Eli was calling him, and Ananias when God called him to go talk to Saul. God used them all in significant ways all because they were willing! You don’t have to know everything your future holds; you simply have to be willing to be used by God and great things will happen. Just say “here I am” and let God guide you.

One point that I heard at camp and brought up in our discussion time was that “God will help us walk on water, but first we have to actually step out of the boat.” God is here, waiting to guide us and lead us. But He can’t use us until we step out of the boat.

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I was reading a devotional on YouVersion this morning and had a cool realization: God also says “Here I am.” He will be there for you when you call Him, just like He saved Peter when He was sinking in the water. God called Peter out, and then Peter called out to God for help. He will help you when you call. Isaiah 58:9 says this: “Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness…” If you say yes to God, God will say yes to you. You don’t have to do life alone.

This week, I challenge you to simply be still and tell God that you are willing. He wants to use you for great and mighty things! Just say “here I am” and listen. I got a note from one of the leaders at camp (she was my “mom” for the week) and I absolutely love what she said: “…I know that He is going to use you in unique and mighty ways. Trust Him (Proverbs 3:5-6).”

He knows what He is doing; He holds all of your tomorrows in His hand and you are never alone. Trust Him.