As a child, one of my family’s favorite weekend activities was to get out in nature and go camping. Even today at family gatherings, we talk about the experiences we had on these camping adventures. There were storms we slept and got soaked in, my brother falling out the back of our pop-up camper in the middle of the night, my dad grilling burgers and dropping them on the ground, and tons of family hikes.
We loved camping so much that my family used to go almost monthly. Then the teenage years hit for my older siblings and it became extremely difficult to get away because of work or school activities. The camping trips were less and less frequent.
There were a couple of key things camping trips taught me. First off, the importance of being part of a community. Almost every time our family went camping, we ended up having other families come out or going out with a group from church. We developed memories of fishing, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs by the campfire, riding our bikes together and watching out for snakes! It deepened our bond as friends and grew my love for church.
Camping also taught me about how big and awesome God is. Psalm 8 praises God for being the Creator and how could such a big God love something as small as humanity. There were many nights I would just look up in awe of the stars and moon. I would explore and admire God’s creation all around me and think about how a God who pays so much attention to detail loves me.
Let me encourage you to come out to the Family Campout on March 15-17 at Lake Whitney State Park. It will be a weekend filled with community enjoying God’s wonderful creation. Cost is $55 for the weekend which includes your campsite for Friday and Saturday night. To see what else is going on, click here to get more info and to register. FYI…space is limited so hurry and sign-up your family.
Your brother in Christ,