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Travelling Light

Jesus sent the disciples out to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them, “Take nothing for the journey – no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.” (Luke 9:3 NIV)

He wanted them to travel light.

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I picture Jesus taking me on a long hike. “What shall I bring?” I say.

“Nothing. Just trust me,” He says.

That’s just scary. No hiking stick, no spare clothes, no food. What about a water bottle?

I used to lead a Girl Guide company. The Girl Guide motto is Be Prepared. It would be unthinkable to go on a hike without making preparations and being prepared. Trusting Jesus is no easy matter. It is certainly against all we’ve been taught. We feel we need to be in control. I would be inclined to ask Him for a map so I can see where we are compared to where we intend to go. But Jesus won’t give me one. All He asks is my trust and that I will stay close to Him, following where He leads.

In this Covid season we are in at the moment, everybody feels insecure. Matters have been taken out of our hands. Our well-prepared plans have been summarily cancelled and we have no idea what the future holds. With my mind I know God is in control but I still feel unsettled.

My Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, it’s been a long time since I asked You to come into my life and take over. I am so inclined to try to wrest control back from You. Please forgive me and teach me to trust You and rest in Your love. Amen.

Camp big Top

When I saw this week’s prompt, I couldn’t resist adding it to this post. This last weekend saw the highlight of our Girl Guide term, Camp Big Top. The theme was the Circus and our patrols were the Acrobats and the Clowns. Because the night temperatures are around 3 degrees, we pitched our tent in the Brownie Hall. The whole camp idea in May had come from the Brownies anyway – there are 26 of them and seven Guides.

The Guide Programme started with tie dying T shirts thanks to Lesley Timms of Rainberry. It was a different technique to the one I knew and the results were spectacular.

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Saturday afternoon was spent making a camp gadget out of sticks and string.

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Later it was collecting wood and making fires to cook supper on.

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Of course camp wouldn’t be camp without a campfire.

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The Guides played stalk the lantern while the Brownies settled into bed. They then had to creep back without disturbing the Brownies and get themselves ready for bed. They were very responsible and only talked in whispers which we eventually had to quieten.

Sunday was making omelettes in a bag for breakfast and then a game of Circus Fair-type challenges. The Brownie Guiders excelled themselves, decorating the area, dressing up and organising amazing games. The Guide Guiders ran the tight rope.

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Other stalls included Stack the tumblers…

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and dress up

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Closing ceremony came all too quickly but not before six Guides had passed their Outdoor Cooks badge. I think everybody enjoyed themselves and can’t wait for the next camp.