Sukkot – Ah!!! The Joy Of Camping
Maybe I should say, the adventures of camping. In my family, many a vacation trip was a camping trip. We have pleasant memories and stories of beautiful hikes and encounters with wildlife, singing around the campfire, eating smores and marshmellows, and waking up to some of the most amazing sunrises with a fresh cup of coffee. It is to be a time to rejoice and celebrate the works and beauty of God.
But there are also stories of not so pleasant encounters with wildlife, such as skunks, snakes, and bears, waking up in the soaking rain with half of your sleeping bag in a puddle, violent storms, running out of food down the wilderness trail, bug bites, poison ivy and being generally hot or cold and uncomfortable. As we get older we camp less even though the younger ones eventually talk us into it with their enthusiasm. “Come on," they say, "it'll be so much fun!”.
God’s Annual Camping Trip
"Why?," you ask. To remember and to rejoice.
You shall dwell in booths (temporary shelters) for seven days. All who are native Israelites (including those who are grafted in – Ephesians 3:6) shall dwell in booths, Why? …..that your generations may know Remember that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. ~Leviticus 23:42-43
A wilderness experience is a time and a place of learning, some but not all of it can be unpleasant. But still, we are to rejoice. Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.~James 1:12
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. For our trouble, light and momentary (like a camping trip), is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, as we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. ~2 Corinthians 4:16-18
But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You. ~Psalm 51:11 Rejoice
Chag Sameach Sukkot!!!
Happy Feast Of Tabernacles -
Sunday, October 13
through Sunday, October 20, 2019