With three of my kids at Teen Pact Camp in Des Moines – this momma bear was relieved when one of the coordinators posted this on Facebook:
“I just got back from the Teen Pact Camp. There was a tornado warming so we all went into this ‘cozy’ (that was the word we agreed on) basement. I must say, if being in a basement can be epic, this totally was. We did a bunch of singing. Let me tell ya, ‘God of Wonders’ takes on a whole new meaning when there’s lightning, hail and wind outside!”
Thank you Josh.
I had to smile. I knew exactly what he meant.
Years ago – when I was in youth group – we were on the church bus on a very hot and humid July night traveling home from an activity.
The air was so still it was suffocating.
There was lightning off in the distance.
We watched the storm get closer and closer – until the sky got dark and our church bus full of kids was in the middle of the rain, wind, and lightning.
It was a little scary.
Then someone started to sing the scripture song from Isaiah 41:10:
“Fear thou not, for I am with thee,
be not afraid, for I’m thy God.
I will strengthen you, yea I will help you,
yea I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.”
We all joined in. Song after song flowed out of that bus on that dark stormy night.
Singing “How Great Thou Art” while the lightning cracks above you and you can feel His power in the wind and rain is an incredible experience.
That impromptu acapella worship service in the church bus on a country road in rural Iowa surrounded by the raging storm remains one of the most meaningful ones in my life.
God of wonder indeed.