Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ye of Faith

This past weekend our family went camping in the Keys.  By the end of the weekend, I was bothered by the fact that we didn’t sing worship songs around the campfire or read Scripture aloud like I figured a bunch of Christians should do.  However, as I thought about it, we were worshiping God, but just in other ways than songs we all know or the Word read.  Here’s a few ways we lived the Word and experienced God.

Our campsite was RIGHT on the ocean so we were glad we brought our kayak.  My husband Ryan and our son Matthew were out on that boat for much of the weekend and watching from afar, they looked so peaceful.  Matthew’s favorite Bible story these days is from Matthew 14 when Jesus and His disciples were in the boat and a storm arose so they all freaked out except Jesus – He was asleep.  Ryan and Matthew talked about that story while out there in the boat.

The second night it was hot, lightening striking all around and the radar showed a big storm with rain headed right for us.  As I was sandwiched in between the blow-up mattresses and (real) kids I laid there thinking of Matthew 14.  Also as a mom, I needed to be sure my first-time campers were comfortable, not scared, not cold, not too hot or going to fall off the edge of the mattress.  Needless to say, I hardly slept a wink with all my extra thinking.  But in Matthew 14 Jesus knew the character of His Father, the One who was directing the waves.  In that light, why was I worrying about all these things? 

One family in our group of campers had a flimsy tent and prayed for God to spare them from the ensuing storm that second night.  A little later they re-checked the radar and sure enough, God Almighty literally split the storm in half to go on either side of the Key/campsite we were on.  Wow!

“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.  Deuteronomy 6:7-9

“Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established.” 2 Chronicles 20:20

“for the battle is not yours, but God’s”  2 Chronicles 20:15


  1. Amen, Laura! It is so beautiful when we see God shows up in the midst of an ordinary (or not so ordinary) day. I love the verses you included. Even better...we don't have to set aside a special time to worship. We can live every moment in worship to HIM!

    1. Well said Teresa. "We can live every moment in worship to HIM!"