What to do with trouble at Vacation Bible School

"Run for it " by Russel Bernice, 2006 (CC BY 2.0) flickr.com

Trouble at Vacation Bible School comes in many (often unexpected) forms!

One year at Vacation Bible School, the lights went out. Well, not just the lights. The entire church was without power–and just as we were getting into our day of Vacation Bible School with the children.

We were quite thankful for the windows at that point, but still we prayed for power.

Later that morning, we all learned the story. Some wild and crazy squirrel had been willing to give his life in an attempt to derail the blessings of Vacation Bible School.

Vacation Bible School’s blessings derailed?

Okay, so in actuality we know that squirrel was a blind victim of poor choice. He ran into that transformer, I’m sure, planning to continue life as usual. Someone else, however, I have no less doubt, was attempting to derail the blessings of Vacation Bible School.

He always does.

But what he meant for evil, God used for good. What an opportunity!

Meant for evil, used for good!

There was widespread talk that morning of the great controversy between Christ and Satan, good and evil. There was an open door to discuss with the children how Satan’s attempts to discourage us often show up in very tangible ways.

There was prayer in every Vacation Bible School classroom with a common faith that “God who created the light to shine out of darkness” is certainly able to provide light in our church for Vacation Bible School. Children and staff alike prayed together in confidence and went on with the day as planned.

And as faith plowed through the physical darkness, God prevailed. Power was restored, and we all rejoiced together in God’s goodness.

Continuing Christian warfare

This is just one example of the visible warfare that goes on when we engage in the Christian warfare through child evangelism. (And Vacation Bible School is not the only place it happens. Power outages, for one thing, are a very common occurrence at even adult-focused evangelistic meetings.)

Ponder the words of Paul with me:

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair. 2 Corinthians 4:8

Troubled, yes; but distressed? No. Why not? Because we have faith in “the excellency of the power” of our God! (verse 7)

Perplexed? Yes, things can get quite confusing at times from our point of view. Yet by faith in our All-Knowing God, we need not despair. He always has the answer, and He always has a plan.

Trust

So, what to do with trouble at Vacation Bible School (for, believe me, it will come)?

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:5

~YOUR TURN: Do you have a story of how God helped you through trouble at Vacation Bible School (or another ministry)? Big or small, we’d love to hear it! Tell us about it in the comments!~


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