When reflecting on our week-long camping trip we realized that when home we take much care in making ourselves clean, putting make up on (diane), doing our hair and picking just the right clothes, etc. While home, we must work to take notice of the world around us and even more work to notice nature/creation.
By contrast, while camping we take little care to ourselves and our clothing and are captured by the creation around us which brings us to constant worship of our Amazing Creator. What a difference. God is SO good to give us these times to remember HIM and forget ourselves.
This time away was such great preparation for the weeks that have followed. In the last two weeks our oldest son moved into the dorms at college, our daughter began her sophomore year of high school (we home school), and our little son moved into his own room and out of ours. There are so many changes to navigate and to adjust to. I have been overwhelmed at times, tearful at others and quite joyful for God’s goodness to us. Sometimes all of these emotions come within minutes of one another!
Getting away and enjoying our family and creation was just the right recipe for the needed preparation of heart. In the coming weeks and months the changes will continue to roll…as will my tears and laughter, often at the at the same time.