Revolution Weekend is almost here — and we’re almost ready. We are putting together the leader packets and small group bags, finalizing schedules and games and response activities. We have visited the camp, sorted small groups, assigned cabin rooms and even worked out back-up plans for everything in case of cold weather.
But I honestly have no idea how it’s going to go. Because I’ve never been before.
I realized about a week ago that this is the last big event that we do that I have yet to experience since I started here last May. And before all of them — Youth Banquet, Middle School Mission Blitz, High School Mission Trip, Cornerstone Youth Choir Tour, Camp Barnabas, Youth Sunday, Fall Kick-off, Middle School Lock-In, High School Retreat and Christmas Party (you know, just to name a few) — I had this same sense of nervous energy, this anticipation of making new memories mixed with anxiety about what could go wrong.
Because the unknown is both exciting and scary.
Everything we do has an element of unknown to it. Will kids connect with their small group? What if our gauntlet of games ends up being lame instead of awesome? What happens if someone gets sick or breaks an arm? What happens if it’s too cold . . . Did I pack enough socks?!
To be honest, some of those questions I have answers to: I can make sure I pack extra socks and we have procedures in place for if a kid gets hurt or sick. But some of them are way outside of my control: I can’t fix the weather or guarantee that small groups will be perfect.
But the unknown isn’t a reason not to do something. We run with big ideas and take big risks and reach out into the unknown because we believe that’s where you find things that are wonderful and beautiful and unique. It sometimes takes some faith that things are going to work out . . . but somehow it always works out.
Because we do have faith. We have faith because we are not doing this on our own or for our own sake — God is leading us and guiding us and shaping us. There’s a great quote from Patrick Overton’s The Leaning Tree:
“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen: There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.”
All our other events have worked out, unknown and all. Kids have built relationships and made memories, done great work and learned a little bit about God along the way. There might be no way of knowing how Revolution Weekend 2019 is going to go — we can plan for anything and everything and something will still find a way to take us by surprise — but we can go into this weekend with the faith that each step we take will find its footing on solid ground. Or we will learn to fly.
Associate Director of Youth Ministries