Morning Swamp Blog Readers! This Monday, we have a guest blogger! Coming at you guys from Athens, Georgia is Julie Fields. Julie is a sophomore at the University of Georgia, and was recently accepted into her journalism major in the Grady School of Journalism! Julie spent this past summer as a full-time counselor at The Swamp and she is super excited to share with you guys this week!
Hey Swamp Blog Readers! It's an honor to be writing to you all this week!
Lately, I've been thinking about The Swamp and what makes it such a special place for so many of us. Looking back at my experience this past summer, I realized how much of camp's magic comes from us feeling like we are special and important. Living in our society, it can be easy to have a worldly view of what being special means. We can think that being special means being better than somebody else at something or being perfect. However, that is not what God intends for us to think at all!
Psalm 139 talks about how God knows everything about us and has specially and carefully crafted each one of us. Verse 14 says,
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."Verses 15-16 go on to talk about how God was there when we were "woven together in the depths of the earth," and how all the days of our lives were ordained for us before one of them came to be. Just stop and think about that for a second. We must be very important to God for him to spend so much time creating us and planning out our entire lives!
Looking back at the Summer, I am reminded of one of the scriptures from a lesson I taught to the older girls. It says in Acts 17:26-27,
"From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us."
Looking back on my life, it is truly beautiful to see how God has put me in the right place at the right time to cause me to reach out to Him. He has helped me to feel His presence through Godly friendships, special moments in nature, incredible relationships built at camp, and many times just through encouraging little reminders that he is there with me.
Many of us feel special when we are at camp. Encouragement from our friends, God's word, and quality times with Him remind us that God loves and cares about us. But, we don't just have to wait until camp to feel special and important. God cares about us this intimately all the time. So, next time you start to feel as if you are unwanted or unneeded, remember how highly God thinks of you. Look for the little ways he is trying to reach out to you and encourage you, whether through a beautiful sunset, an answered prayer, or the kind words of a friend. God loves you, and you are special to Him!
"How amazing are your thoughts concerning me, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand,"
Thanks so much for reading guys! Much Love!
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