Helping in Unexpected Ways

JULY 8, 2021

Every summer, our church goes all out for a week long kids camp. Many of us know it as VBS, or Vacation Bible School. It’s an all-hands type of event on campus. From the parking crew to the sanctuary decked out with the theme, help is needed to pull this week off.

I have always volunteered the years my kids attended, until this year. It’s my youngest’s last year before he ages out. There was a bit of guilt, but thankfully my guilt level, or FOMO, did not creep to a significant high. God was gracious to allow me to help those who were able to serve at the camp.

A blog post I read a few months ago came to mind this week that addressed this idea of helping the helper. It was a good reminder on how serving others may be different than what we desire or, in my case, what may be the usual way of helping, and it provides a fresh perspective on looking to help those who are directly helping in a capacity we may not be called to in that moment. It really is a beautiful picture of the body of Christ at work.

Natalie is a writer, professor, wife, mom, and one of my favorite women’s bible study teachers at church. Check out her post: Help the Helpers

Eileen is the wife of a Delta pilot.  Her blog series is entitled “Fine Lines in the Faith.”  More about the author in her own words: “I’m a Sunday school grad. I’ve accepted Jesus in my heart more times than I can remember. I’ve worn masks well and God has stripped me of them, painfully. He has broken my spiritual legs and taught me how to walk again, painfully. Still learning to walk.  The unknown is unsettling to me. This place is the start of a journey unknown to me.  I don’t know who will visit here or who will stay, if these words will be criticized or will bless. But I welcome you here!  My true hope is that this is the start of an act of obedience to God’s calling, a calling to write what He has entrusted to me.  Join me in this journey to know Him more, love Him more and grow in our freedom by pursuing these fine lines in the faith.