Why I’m glad Family Camp will end!

I’m glad family camp will end … because of certain memories

I have:

  • It was my first Cubs camp; I was 8 … and it was cold!
  • I was at a Scout Jamboree; I was 12 … and the campsite (which we’d been told was lush) was mostly dirt!
  • The family was in our old (read ‘basic’) camper trailer at the Rocky Creek campground (near Tolga); it was winter … and it was literally nearly freezing!

So when I think of camping I know that it is not all fun and games. However, I’m glad I have been camping many times, and Family Camp should be great, for a whole host of reasons. It’s hard to beat being with your biological family and Christian brothers and sisters in a relaxed, beautiful setting. I’m also excited that in addition to all the relaxing or activity we’ll have, that we will draw together around God’s word. So I encourage you to come to camp, even if you can’t come for all the time. If you aren’t able to/can’t stand camping then please come as a day visitor — we would love to spend the time with you.

I’m glad that living in a tent is only temporary. Apart from the dirt that always get’s in, they do lack headroom J. We will only be in a tent for a few days, however, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lived in them for decades. They put up with it for so long because they knew that even if they had a house in a comfortable city that was still but a pale shadow of what would be theirs if they lived by trust in God’s promises.

They endured tent-living for decades, because they were “looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Hebrews 11:10

You probably agree with me that Cairns has many wonderful things … but it’s not the heavenly city. So while I’m e.g. looking forward to the Tobruk pool reopening and Munro Martin park being finished, I’m more excited knowing that Jesus has a place for me in the heavenly city. So let’s fix our eyes that city, even more than life here in Cairns.



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September 13, 2020