Stop and Sniff

Stop and Sniff

“On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.” Psalm 145:5

Our family LOVES family camp. There are three things that our girls begin looking forward to immediately after they end: their birthdays, Christmas, and family camp. For Bri and I, it’s a lot of additional work and planning (not to mention sleeping on bunk beds with flimsy camp mattresses). But it is tradition for us, and ultimately, it is worth it!

The first year we went to camp Bri was pregnant with Michaela. The second year, Michaela took her first steps there. The third year Bri was just barely pregnant with Carl. We missed a couple of years – one with a newborn, and once when Carl was battling leukemia. The next year, though, Bri was super pregnant with Braeleigh… and you get the picture. It is a part of us, who we are as a family, and I am so very grateful for it. 

One of the best parts of camp for me is the remoteness of it. Lake Louise is so far in the middle of nowhere that our cell phones struggle for signal, and the WiFi the camp does have is so slow that it is barely useable. This means it is a week that is largely unplugged for us and our kids. It’s a time when the noise of our everyday lives gets turned way down, and we can stop and appreciate the creation of God all around us. 

On the first day of camp this year, as Michaela and I walked down for our first chapel service, she stopped along the trail. She was looking out at the lake and the trees and the sky, and she commented on just how beautiful it was. I could do nothing but agree with her. It was beautiful. Before we continued on, she had me take a selfie of us with the beautiful scene behind us. Its one of my favorite pictures from this year. My oldest girl, usually so caught up in the digital world, recognized the splendor and majesty of God and the wondrous works of creation all around us. 

More than that, she took a moment to stop and appreciate it, to meditate on it, to wonder about it. For me, that moment is right up there with first steps and hearing Michaela read scripture in worship. It’s amazing to me, to watch my own little wondrous bits of creation grow and become. 

This week, do yourself a favor. Unplug from whatever you are plugged into: TV, internet, radio, telephone, favorite book. Set it down and find a quiet place to breathe deep and bask in the splendor of God’s creation. 

Smelling the roses, 

Pastor Mike

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