I couldn’t wait to go to camp—two whole weeks without parents or teachers telling me what to do. When I arrived, it did not disappoint. I met my bunkmates and our counselor, and we headed down to the lake. Tanner, who’s from North Carolina, showed me how to do a flip off the dock. Later that night, marshmallow and chocolate melted in my mouth as we made s’mores around a fire. I taught Angus, one of my bunkmates all the way from Australia, how to roast a marshmallow to a perfect golden brown.
Then, a few nights in, it hit me. I missed my dog. I missed my mom’s blueberry pancakes. I missed my dad’s corny jokes. I missed playing video games with my little brother. I was lying in my bunk during lights out, and in the darkness I felt painfully alone. I wanted to go home. My heart hurt, and I felt empty. Had I made a mistake coming to camp? I felt overwhelmed and wondered if I’d taken on a task I was not prepared for. I whispered a prayer to God.
At breakfast the next morning, I told Tanner that I missed my dog. Suddenly, everyone at the table started talking about their pets. We shared their names, funny stories, and inevitably learned about each other’s families too. And I didn’t feel alone anymore.
My bunkmates have since become some of my best friends. God heard my prayer that night, and He gave me comfort through friends. No matter where I go, I know God will be with me. • Kelly Bakshi
• Throughout our lives we continue to face difficult things, like family issues, moving, starting a new school or job, etc. When we feel overwhelmed and alone, it can help to remember how God has been there for us in the past. Can you remember a time God helped you?
• As Christians, we can know Jesus is always with us. He cares about all our needs, including relational needs, and He invites us to ask Him for help. How do you need God’s help today?
...if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. Psalm 139:8 (NIV)