"Jesus said to them, 'Come away with me. Let us go alone to a quiet place and rest for a while.'" (Mark 6:31)
As people that live and work at a camp and retreat center we are convinced that there is something special about "camp." Christian camps are a place of and for retreat and solitude, but also community and fellowship. They are places to grow and be challenged and teach and learn. Places of acceptance and fun and faith and beauty.
While all of these thing may not happen every time you go/come to camp, there is one this that is a constant and a necessity to making camp what it is and that is nature or the outdoors, or perhaps more exactly creation.
I recently read an interesting article posted on NPR's website about nature, and how being outdoors might have some power over "resetting your internal clock." (Read article by NPR here >>) There truly is something amazing about being in God's good creation.
A pastor and leader in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Rick Mylander, has a great blog about the intersection of faith and nature. In the explanation of the blog he writes, "...I will tell of God’s wondrous works. To be sure, I do have another life, a family and ministry life… But right here, at the intersection of creation and faith, is where I often find strength for the journey to which God has called me."
At the intersection of creation and faith is where I find strength!
Have you ever found your time at camp or at a retreat to offer a special dose of refreshment, particularly due to the fact that you were in nature?