Waking up at 5:30 am has always been a challenge of mine. I have never been a “morning person” and I valuable my sleep more than most tangible things. I awaken 15 minutes before my scheduled time to be at work. To my surprise when I got in the kitchen, it was a mess.

This was just the start of the longest morning ever.

Within 30 minutes of work, I realized that I was already behind schedule. The blueberry muffins were taking longer than usual to cook, the potatoes take too much room in the oven, and I haven’t even begun to start the breakfast sandwiches. Rushing to finish the meal before first breakfast at 7:30am, my two helpers arrived 20 minutes late, which caused even more chaos.

As I continue the transition between meals I realized that the was still dirty from the taco meal prior this week. This was even more frustrating because it was the second week in a row that is has not been clean. To most, this may seem like “no big deal,” but when you are crunched for time, you need every second you can get. As I try my hardest to hold back my frustration because of  the messy kitchen, late arrivers, and uncleaned cooking kettle, it was the last straw before a mental breakdown.

As I begin to let the frustration take over I remember exactly why I am here at Breakaway Lodge. I’m not here to make money, I’m not here to be a perfect intern, and I’m definitely not here for self gratification. I am here to serve, to serve Jesus, and let him be known to over 500 campers this summer.

In the midst of all the chaos, it can be easy to rely on your own strength. This is exactly what the Lord calls us not to do, he calls us to have strength in him and give him our struggles and burdens.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”           Isaiah 41:10

All in all, the meals turned out a great, and everything was fine at the end of the day. During these troubled times is when God calls us to lean on him most. If we are willing to soften our hearts and let me him we will find that his love will always be our strength.