Hey h2o! I recently saw this graphic on spring break from http://www.onlineschools.org …
While not terribly surprising it was a great reminder of what is typical for this time of year. And I am reminded of how much MORE spring break can be for us as followers of Christ.
One of my favorite worship services every year is the one after spring break here at h2o. When we gather on Sunday, we do something a little different, and open up the floor for anyone who wants to share how they saw God move over their break. As a pastor, it can be a little nerve-wracking because you never know exactly what’s going to happen, but there is a beauty in hearing unpolished stories of redemption from the church. Sometimes they are individuals who attended one of our spring break trips, where they invested the week in serving the poor, sharing their faith, or deepening their relationships with Christ. Sometimes they are people who went home and saw God work in their families in fresh and new ways. Or maybe they didn’t get a break (I didn’t forget you guys!) but saw God move among their classmates or co-workers. As the years have passed I have noticed that no matter what the situation, or where they spent their time, it always seems like the story-tellers have one in thing in common. The men and women who prayed that God would use their spring break end up having incredible tales to tell.
I know this isn’t very profound. But we all just need to be reminded right?
Over the last few weeks we have been talking about this in our series “Mountain Moving Faith”. As we walk through Hebrews 11, we see it filled with men and women who ‘acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth” because of their faith in the Lord. And as a result they decided to live differently.
How do you think God might want to use your spring break?
It doesn’t matter what your plans are….It’s not too late to ask that question! We can make the bar a little higher than just “don’t be another spring break statistic” or “get 12 hours of sleep a night”.
I’m still on crutches, so I’m trapped in Columbus, but I’ll be praying for you. Whether you are one of the 140+ folks going on a spring break trip with h2o, are traveling someplace warm, going home for some well-deserved R&R, or its business as usual at work, I will be praying that you walk in faith and be on the lookout for God to do something fresh and new. (I will be send a few extra prayers up for all of you going to Guatemala, since I heard on your day off you were supposed to be hiking this volcano)
love you guys