This past weekend, a lot happened. However, there is one specific instance that keeps pulsing in my mind and through my fingers until I get it out. We had a weekend of camp (or Kings Kids) and Saturday afternoon we went to do ministry. Being such a large group, we had to take the bus.
At some point it was discovered that the bus wouldn’t start, so all the older kids were asked to get out and push while everyone else stayed in. Goodness, that was quite the experience.
For a while, it felt much like pushing a rock, we didn’t seem to be getting anywhere. Our feet were slipping in the dirt and we were almost falling over laughing. Despite the language barriers, we all became a part of it. It wasn’t enough to simply push with all of our strength, or all push at the same time, or even to brace ourselves. The bus would get just up the hill a little and slide back towards us.
We had to push with all of our strength together and make sure we all had strong footing, or else it would simply slide back again. Once we got to the little hill, it was either going to go over it or back to where we started.
Once we got it over the hill and it started running, a certain kind of joy raced through us. We jumped and shouted and smiled quite a bit. It was a grand accomplishment to share, despite how a lot of us simply didn’t know each other at all.
It wasn’t as simple as just starting a bus, though. I couldn’t get the thought out of my mind for the rest of the day, or the weekend for that matter.
No matter how much effort we put into one area, it’s never going to get us anywhere alone. The idea started in my mind with the fruits of the spirit in Galatians, but it stretched so far beyond that. Thinking and praying about the concept was much like listening to an epic song that starts out slow and intriguing and builds with every note, causing your heart to race. One part isn’t going to get anywhere, often a good start will only push you back to the beginning unless you combine it.
I thought about putting a verse here to accompany this post, but there are simply too many to leave one standing here alone. So instead I read all of Colossians and let it soak in, oh goodness there’s so much to it.