“There Are No Words For This”
There are many things I love about working at Hope Shores Bible Camp + Retreat Center, one of which is the amazing sunsets that occur almost nightly on Rice Lake. I’ve been reflecting on these moments of beauty where I can’t help but acknowledge the beauty and majesty of God – moments that take my breath away and are hard to find words to express.
A few years back, I was introduced to a song, “Skyline Hill” by Jenny & Tyler. (listen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYJzDojzyfs) The lyrics speak of this very thing:
Dawn breaks over Skyline Hill
Beauty and grace, all is still
Canvassing this sight, I’m sure
There are no words for this
This song comes back to me in moments that I sense God’s presence, experience his holiness, or stand in awe of his mighty works. The lyrics, “there are no words for this” seems to stir within me and call me into God’s presence. It’s a sacred line to me – acknowledging the holiness of God’s work in the world around me – a work that I can’t plan for, create, or administer. It’s a work that it’s hard to put words to because it is sacred. It is holy.
This summer I’ve been working on staying present wherever I am. I’ve been trying to not move beyond the moment onto my “to do” list. As I write now, I reflect on some of these moments this summer.
The most recent of which was the amazing sunset you see in this picture. No picture or words can do it justice. What you can’t see is the storm that was to the south of camp, the rainbow that was to the east of the camp property, and the bats that were quietly flying in the sky at dusk. There are no words for this.
This spring it took some time to finalize our camp staff team. God’s timing and provision led us to this team that loves, supports, and encourages one another. They have a big heart for the campers and one another. Every summer our staff is amazing – this one is especially amazing. God works together all things for good. There are no words for this.
Watching the high school CIT’s (Counselors in Training) laugh and swim together during their rest hour was a sacred moment of friendships being formed and faith development. There are no words for this.
Family worship time on Sunday mornings at camp is always a special time of sharing and community. In early July a big storm rolled through camp the night before, this led us to change “our plan” to reflect on Jesus calming the storm in Matthew 8. It was a sweet time of sharing and better than I could have planned for. There are no words for this.
I had the opportunity to travel to Florida with my daughter and dear friends for dance nationals. I was nervous about this trip, but I’m always so blessed by time near the ocean. Its beauty overwhelms me and sharing this with my daughter and best friends drew me near to the Lord. There are no words for this.
David and I are blessed to share ministry with colleagues and friends who support and challenge us. It’s humbling to see God build authentic relationships and community. There are no words for this.
The generosity of family and friends who continue to support us and the ministry of camp make me aware of God’s grace and love for me… in the midst of broken down cars, storms, kid’s activities, and jobs we experience the body of Christ. There are no words for this.
I could go on and it would be good for my soul to do so…these are tough days in our world. We need to recognize moments of beauty and grace as holy and sacred moments of God breaking through the brokenness and reminding us of his presence. For this I am so very thankful. There are no words for this.
Kim Laufenburger, Executive Minister and Co-Director of Hope Shores Bible Camp + Retreat Center