GARY ANDREWS: Tenting in God’s nice Wilderness


My wife and I like to camp.

Sharing one of our trips with my good friend Clay McFerrin, editor and publisher of a small newspaper in Charleston, Mississippi, he also shared the joy of camping that he and his wife enjoy through exploring God’s nature.

He sent me the following and I want to share it with you.

“Many of us like to occasionally sneak away from the rat race that often defines our existence here on Earth. This is especially true for those who are part of day-to-day work.

“Whether it’s a weekend getaway, a week-long vacation, or an overnight trip to a nearby destination, getting rid of the cobwebs every once in a while can help.

It’s easy to lose focus on this treadmill we call life. Like a hamster on his spinning wheel in his cage, we sometimes feel like we’re running and running and just never getting anywhere.

“That’s where our humanity comes into play.

“The flesh becomes weak. The mind gets tired. Sometimes we need to recharge batteries.

“God understands that. He knows better than we do how fragile we are, because he created us and knows the inner workings of our minds and bodies.

“Even Jesus, God incarnate, needed to sleep and rest. And while the burden of the Lord’s mission weighed heavily on his mind, don’t you think that Jesus sometimes smiled and laughed and occasionally found comfort in the simple joys that His perfect creation has to offer?

“God does not want us to be stuck in the dirt, with our heads in the sand, living gloomy lives weighed down by religious laws and strict codes of conduct. Surely there is a roadmap for our journey to heaven.

“It’s God’s Word.

“Inside its cover are 10 Commandments, teachings of our Savior, and other instructions about how we should live each day. We shouldn’t give that up.

“Nevertheless, we still need some time to relax and enjoy the majesty of God’s great earth.

“My wife and I love camping. Like others, when we go camping there is plenty of time to read the Bible, enjoy devotions and pray.

“Opportunities arise for many who enjoy God’s great outdoors through camping to witness to others of Christ’s mercy and salvation. It seems that the beauty of the earth allows everyone to open themselves to the gospel.”

My wife and I enjoy God’s creation at every opportunity. Now that we are retired from daily work, we have the opportunity to walk more and enjoy the blessings that God bestows upon us in His beautiful creation. I hope that everyone will see the beauty of this earth. I also hope that everyone will open their hearts to God’s teachings and listen to His promise of eternal life and accept Him as their personal Savior

GARY ANDREWS‘ Devotional appears weekly on the church pages of your Clarksdale Press Register. You can contact him at [email protected]