The ground is covered in green hair, the air is warm but breezy. The birds are singing more melodies than I can count, as the clouds float by. I can smell pine trees and the black soil, and hear bugs buzzing and turkeys gobbling. I am in the magical place called the outdoors. My breaths are deeper here, my shoulders more relaxed, and all my senses are tuned into all that is happening. It is no wonder that in our minds we escape to the outdoors, not to a bustling city. This is what God made.

While reading a book, I came across these two sentences, “Nature is not primarily functional. It is primarily beautiful.” (Eldredge) The beauty of the natural world is its function. We go through all of our days wearing clothes for our specific function, going to work for the function of a salary, driving here or there because of the bank or groceries or doctor visits. Nature exists to be admired, it exists reflecting the very nature of our beautiful God.

You might have figured out where I’m going with this; I’m encouraging you to come to camp. Yes. That is one purpose, but on another level I wish that people understood that spending their time in the outdoors is not just a fun vacation, but a necessary one. This whole beautiful earth was laid out for you by our Heavenly Father to get to know him more, to see His beauty, to be reminded of His love. Camp is spiritual on a few levels. One is that it provides us opportunity to quiet our spirits and listen to God, The other is that in the boundless nature around us, we see God more fully.

We get it, you can’t always come to camp when you want to or even when you need to, but you can step outside, or look out the window and be reminded that this wide, wonderful world was made to be admired so that we could know the depths of his great love.

Psalm 19:1 "The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork."

Captivating by John & Staci Eldredge (p. 34).