Last week the Edwards kids went to Saddle Ridge Ranch each morning, where they were "roundin' up questions and drivin' home answers."
"Who am I?"
"Does God care about me?"
"What is God's plan for me?"
"How can I be like Jesus?" and
"What do I do now?"
Ranchers discovered that they are God's precious creation, remarkably and wonderfully made. "I will praise you for I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful and I know this very well." (Psalm 139:14)
They found that God cares for them very much and He can be trusted, even when hard things happen. They heard about Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his family, falsely accused of a crime, and thrown into an Egyptian prison. All of these horrible things happened to Joseph, and yet God was with him and ultimately used those things for his good. "Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)
Best of all, they learned that God's plan is for them to have a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. Although our sin separates us from God, Jesus took the penalty for our sin upon Himself so that we might be saved when we trust in Him. They heard about Jesus calling Zacchaeus. "'I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.'" (Jeremiah 29:11)
They then discovered that as a believer in Jesus, He gives the power to be like Jesus! "Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 2:5)
And what now? Honor God with your life and ask Him for the wisdom and help to do it. "If any of you lacks wisdom, they should ask of God who gives to all generously without criticizing and it will be given to him." (James 1:5)
This was our second VBS this summer, the first was at our church and the "Saddle Ridge Ranch" VBS was at their grandparents' church. (I didn't get any pictures of 'Studio Go' at our church.)