Camping & Stillness

“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10.

We sat around our campsite for the second day in a row, playing games and laughing. Don’t get me wrong, I was having a great time, but when were we going to leave this 50x50 plot of dirt? We drove all the way up in these mountains to revel in nature, not use it as a backdrop! After endless hours eating and playing here, I itched to explore. We might as well be sitting in a living room, I thought, pulling another card from the stack. Kyle said something ridiculous, making us all crack up as Dave teased him, and I realized that something was different.

We weren’t coming from work and leaving to go somewhere else. This wasn’t another social hour to check off our list of daily tasks. We were all up there, being still and enjoying our time together, without interruption. Being still doesn’t always mean being alone, and in this case, it meant thanking God for my friends and resting in the peaceful hours he gave us to enjoy one another. 

God, what a wonderful maker you are. Thank you for the gift of friends to laugh with and time to sit in your creation, creating our own memories.

 WRITTEN BY SARAH WITMER