week two: transition

the Lord is good, and the Lord is faithful.

this past week and weekend has been an absolute blur. i’m so tired, and i’m just now feeling like i’m able to process a little bit. i signed up to work this past weekend (mainly so that i could get it out of the way) and i’m not sure it was the best idea. i mean it’s over and done, and it’s not like there’s any lasting repercussions or anything, but i was so, so stressed yesterday. i’ll give you guys a little background.

last week ended way too fast. it felt like just as i got to know the kids, they were gone. it was a great cabin; there were some tough times, some homesickness, and some firm words every now and then, but the kids ended up being a true blessing. it’s really difficult to try and get everything down in words, to be honest. the Lord was just very present, looking back. and even in the middle of the week, it was very obvious.

i think the other reason it’s hard to put down is because i’m already smack dab in the middle of this week. there are new kids, new personalities, a whole new group dynamic to adjust to. it was (and still very much is) difficult transitioning from a group of campers that i feel i know to ten new boys that i don’t know at all. it was disorienting and i think a little discouraging. the only time i’ve ever been a camp counselor has been a week at a time… by this time i’d be home. and i’m missing home a lot tonight. i got to talk on the phone to them this evening on my night off, and… yeah. i just miss them a lot. i’m hoping to visit sometime soon, but logistics have to be worked out first.

this week’s kids are really good though. even one day has given me some time to get to know them. it’s a fun group this week. most of the kids have been to camp before and know what to expect, so it’s not as much explaining this week. at the same time, i’m having to stop the know-it-alls from telling the newbies what to expect. we have one homesick boy who was crying last night a lot, but he calmed down and i think he really enjoyed himself today.

guys, i’m sorry. i feel like i’m not really giving out a lot of information. it’s all disjointed and confused. i think i’m just going to sign off for the night, and add some more on wednesday. i just need rest.

i’ll end the same way i began, with a truth the Father has been loving enough to encourage me with all week.

the Lord is good, and the Lord is always faithful. amen.

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2 thoughts on “week two: transition

  1. Anonymous says:

    Bradley, transitions for me were quite difficult too. One week we’d be cooking for 100 high schoolers, the next week 2 lifeguards (one being myself) had to jump in and save 2 different 8 years olds. It’s tricky, but keeps us on our toes. I think they’re especially hard for you because you work with the kids directly, and I indirectly. and mostly because you didn’t have enough time in them. you love to pour into people, dear. and frankly there wasn’t enough time to love them and minister to them like you wanted to do. but at the same time transitions are great! because God is putting more people in your life to be an example to. More people to love on and share Jesus with, if only for a week.
    Glad you were able to talk to your family, buddy. I’m also glad you have this job. With each entry, my heart knows even more that it is perfect for you.
    Don’t apologize for your posts! me and everyone who reads them are glad to read them and see what God is doing. the whole world is disjointed and confused. but the fact that you can stop in the amidst of it all and write everything down to share, just because, is remarkable. don’t be upset for a second!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Bradley, transitions for me were quite difficult too. One week we’d be cooking for 100 high schoolers, the next week 2 lifeguards (one being myself) had to jump in and save 2 different 8 years olds. It’s tricky, but keeps us on our toes. I think they’re especially hard for you because you work with the kids directly, and I indirectly. and mostly because you didn’t have enough time in them. you love to pour into people, dear. and frankly there wasn’t enough time to love them and minister to them like you wanted to do. but at the same time transitions are great! because God is putting more people in your life to be an example to. More people to love on and share Jesus with, if only for a week.

    Glad you were able to talk to your family, buddy. I’m also glad you have this job. With each entry, my heart knows even more that it is perfect for you.

    Don’t apologize for your posts! me and everyone who reads them are glad to read them and see what God is doing. the whole world is disjointed and confused. but the fact that you can stop in the amidst of it all and write everything down to share, just because, is remarkable. don’t be upset for a second!

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