Confessions From Summer Camp

I recently just returned home from spending another three weeks of my life at a Young Life camp. If anyone knows me they know that my heart comes most alive at camp, but after returning home I began to wonder why this is. 

Why is it that I feel the presence of my Father “more” when I am removed? 

The reality is that He is all around. In your morning coffee. In small talks with close friends. In the smile of a stranger at the grocery store. In the library on a long night. In laundry piles, task lists, homework assignments, and monotony. 

A dear friend of mine sent me this quote a few days ago and it reminded me of the essence of our God:

 "Having the reality of God's presence is not dependent on our being in a particular circumstance or place, but is only dependent on our determination to keep the Lord before us continually." Oswald Chambers

He is continually before us. 

But we must fix our eyes to see His face. 

I think the reason camp fuels my soul is because I am removed. I am stripped from my phone, worries of daily life, the craziness of our world, and I am reminded of what truly matters: making Jesus Christ known. I am placed in a setting where my sole priority day in and day out is to bring kids to the feet of the cross. Sometimes God has to remove us to remind us that Heaven is breaking through, we’re all just walking each other Home, and each day we are moving closer to the Kingdom coming to Earth. 

I don’t want this to be my sole priority at camp alone. I want my daily life to be transformed by this reality— that Heaven is closer than we realize.


Madison // @mzizmer