Much of my life revolves around the life of our church. I am a pastor. As such, I lead a church. My weekly schedule is determined by the meeting times of the church. I know what I will be doing each Sunday and each Wednesday of the year.
In addition to the weekly schedule, there are annual events. One such annual event in the life of our church is Vacation Bible School. An annual event that our church wrapped up last night (at the time of this writing).
As I reflect back on my many weeks in Vacation Bible School, this is one of my favorite weeks in the year. When I was a child, it was a fun week. We would play games, and eat snacks, and learn Bible stories. I remember getting a sno-cone at Bible School and being chased by a honey-bee – at least it seemed like the bee was chasing me.
Now, Vacation Bible School remains a fun week. Some of the fun is the same – we still play games, eat snacks, and talk about the Bible. Some of the fun has expanded. During this week, perhaps more than other week of the year, I get to see the members of the church work together and enjoy being together. It is a blessing to watch God’s people work together in love and unity. It is a joy to meet and talk with the parents who bring their children to our Vacation Bible School.
It is also a tiring week. It is an interruption to our normal routines. But it is just a glimpse into what the Apostle referred to as being spent for the sake of the gospel.
As this year’s Vacation Bible School ends, I am thankful for the opportunity to work together with our church interacting with our community around the good news of Jesus Christ.