The word unplugged in the music world means that all the instruments being played are not plugged in to any device. This is the instrument in its’ purest form. I had an experience much like that this summer when I went to camp last month with my youngest daughter. I was a camp counselor to 22 other girls and my experience being unplugged left me really glancing at my truest self.
To be honest I didn’t know what to expect on this trip. I’ve never gone on away to a cabin in my life. I would be in nature for 5 days? I knew God was challenging and He definitely was taking me to a secluded place to talk to me! Little did I know, I would be wrecked in a beautiful way. I’d leave there more hopeful about the future church then I have been in years, and I’m even talking about years in ministry!
As we crossed into the little road that leads to the lake I looked down at my phone and realized I did not have cell service. Now, I don’t know what you would do, but my heart sank. Friends, it took going to this little secluded area for me to realize very quickly that I was addicted to my phone. I actually had a physical response to the fact that I would not have the communication at my fingertips and I honestly began to panic. But I will say that God had to literally unplug me from my life and my distractions to tell me some profound things!
Those days without my phone forced me to pull in closer to the eternal beings around me. Those children at that camp were an encouragement to me even as I prayed for children who are living in devastation I can’t even imagine. I was challenged in ways beyond my understanding as I stood and watched CHILDREN ages 8-12 receive the gift of tongues and reach their little hands to the sky in a desperate cry for God to be more real to them than the current state of their broken hearts. This picture reminded me of the scripture in Acts 10:44-48 where the Holy Spirit was poured out onto the Gentiles for the first time in the presence of Peter! Acts 10:45-47 reads “The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God…” I left hearing from God in ways that make me cherish and live with the hope of a future that I had not yet seen until I looked at the destinies of those entrusted in my care that week.
You see those children are not the future church, they are the church right now! They are part of the story that will one day to bring revival to our nation. I believe that now more than ever. I’ve had the privilege to see it with my own eyes, and my hope was restored. I left there with a new found freedom that leaves little room for excuses. Because if these little children can be this on fire for God and receive such mighty gifts and can pray prayers that move their mountains, then I have NO EXCUSE! God’s power is real and He is still working! Tap into it today!