My First VBS (Vacation Bible Study)

I just attended my first Vacation Bible Study.  Like some children, I had my reservations. I had my reasons: I didn’t really know if I’d like it, didn’t know a lot of people, and thought I wouldn’t fit in.  The closer it got to the first day, the more I thought I had made a mistake and it would be the longest week of my life.

I was sort of tricked into signing up for it, you see.  I was leaving church when a woman came running up to me and threw her arms around me and said –

“I’m so glad I ran into you!  You are just the person I was looking for!”

Hugging her back, I desperately searched my mind for some context as to where I knew her from?  At the spry age of 64 I have brain glitches and I scrambled to find her in my memory banks.  No luck.

Turns out, my name had come up as an ideal person to be a volunteer “tour guide” for VBS and would I consider joining the team?  It was then that I realized she had spotted my name tag and that my brain was not glitching at all (YEAH!) and she just needed help.  As I was figuring this all out, I said yes.  Reminder to self: At 64 I can’t do two things at once anymore: talk and think.

On Monday, I learned the routine, met (and fell in love with) the children, participated in the music, watched the videos of the program, listened to bible stories, played games, and did crafts.  I had some much needed fun.  Though by Friday I was tired, I was spiritually renewed.  I realized that I needed Vacation Bible Study as much as the kids.  Maybe more.

You see, ROAR VBS is about learning that when life is unfair (Nahum 1:7), scary (Psalm 23:4), changes (Psalm 106:1),  sad (Psalm 34:18) or good (Nehemiah 4:14), GOD IS GOOD!

Rick Warren states: “Life is like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.  Happy moments, praise God.  Difficult moments, seek God.  Quiet moments, worship God.  Painful moments, trust God.  Every moment, thank God.”

Whether you’re 4 or 64 – it’s a powerful message for today, tomorrow and at any age of life.

I made some new friends (young and young at heart), learned some great music, and was reminded that I am never too old to recall that –

When life is unfair, scary, changing, sad or good –


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