Camping, it is IN this World, but NOT OF this World, 15Oct
I saved this writing specifically for this early morning moment, God popped it into my head earlier this week, but I said “wait Lord! Let me be camping when I write it…”
Now I am camping, ahhh…. oh, chilly 38 degrees, 6 AM, and not a creature stirring… Awake since 5 and blissful peace abounds… Saw the Pleiades in the sky, sharp Orion. And watched a satellite skirt across…
I found it so sad yesterday when someone told me they NEVER were camping, only saw it once in a display… WOW…. she was a city kid for sure… WOW, many of us take this practically free adventure freedom for granted… Others spend thousands to get away, but camping is just $14 plus dinner, $1 handwarmers, ten cents for hot cocoa, and oh so priceless for that smell of campfire. Time being silly with my big young son and letting him take the lead on adventure planning, that is truely priceless… Now the feeling of a warm sleeping bag – sharing and spreading the warmth…
Camping – it’s not for everyone, but it’s clearly for me… It takes you away, and yet you decide how plugged in you want to be… Today easy camping, dry… It’s not always that way though – it could be raining – well snowing… 😉
Going camping is JUST like Jesus said ” ‘We are IN this world – but not OF this world’ “… Camping is temporary, knowing at some point you will get home for a shower and comfort (and heat)… Because you look firmly towards home, like Jesus looked towards home, you can tough out the rain, the bugs, the cold… You enjoy the JOY while here in God’s creation, partaking in the beauty of nature… That’s finding JOY in everyday life… That also means tolerating hardship in everyday life because home for us who follow Jesus is Heaven not here… Heaven is home… Jesus knew His path, knew His home, and wants us all to come home…
John 17:13-16 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they [my disciples] may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.”
I shared with a Christ-loving camping friend this notion of temporary earth life because I can’t help but to make these connections… And because I also need to remember that God loves us even if the world will hate us for our faith… Yeah, the evil one will try to take you down… But we need to persevere just as Jesus looked towards Jerusalem, knowing His mission incurred eventual torture and death, He kept moving, kept listening… Jesus kept the faith… We should too…
We too can keep the faith because God has faith in us as continuing disciples to keep moving forward, to keep sharing the JOY…
Home in Heaven, but camping here for the short time now… Spreading the warmth of God’s LOVE! Pitch your tent and spread that good news…
John 17 (NIV)
Jesus Prays to Be Glorified
17 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”