Last week I had the privilege to serve at a camp by leading the music portion of our worship each morning and evening. The entire week was pure joy. I don't mean that as a trite statement. The people we were with sang their hearts out every single service. We worshipped together for eleven separate services, and each time was an encouragement to my heart.
The final evening of our time at the camp, my wife and I took a quick walk down to the dock to catch a little of the "golden hour." As we made our way down, we were able to enjoy the rainbow pictured above. We, of course, whipped out our phones to try and capture the moment. Simultaneously, I was second guessing not running and getting my "real" camera. I opted to stay and enjoy the moment, so no regrets.
We were at this camp for about six days. Even though we had cell service, the camp experience is designed in a way that you live in a different little world and are really able to pull away from the normal distractions of life and interact with people as you worship God together. This particular week we focused on putting sin to death and treasure Christ above all else. It was both a challenging and refreshing experience.
As we reconnected to the world today, I was reminded of a song that we sang together this week. In it, the author says that we should praise God in all walks of life, even when the world is "all as it should be." The author place quotes around this phrase because the world is most definitely not "all as it should be." We have completely messed it up. Our rebellion and sin against God will leave no stone unturned. Our fingerprints of stupidity are everywhere.
Fortunately, our hope is not placed in us. We serve and worship a God who keeps he promises, like the promise he made to Noah and sealed it with a rainbow. God will come again, and He will fix all the messes we have made. He will bring justice where there needs to be justice. He will give mercy to those who need mercy.
So, in the meantime, my family will aim to follow God's two greatest commands: we will strive to Love the Lord with all our hearts and love our neighbor (all people) as we love ourselves.