One of my favorite things in the world is camping…in a tent!
I had to add that last part – so you can be impressed with my pioneer-woman spirit!
It’s often cold, and dirty, and challenging – but you know what,
I LOVE IT!
“The Hub” always jokes that he should have been born in the 1800’s – it’s true, he should have been. He hates technology – all sorts. He got his first answering machine when we were “long-distance dating” in 2003!
Computer stuff, cell phones, HDTV – forget about it!
He would be perfectly content with a radio and smoke signals!!
But…he and I DO share a love for the great outdoors. Our souls seem to breathe better when we’re in the middle of nature. We love to hike and fish. We love a campfire under a great, starry sky.
The process of setting up camp requires several steps:
1) Pick a quiet (quiet, very important…) campsite
2) Unload ALL the gear
3) Put up the tent (try not to bump into each other or get frustrated over the
zippers that are sticking, or the ground that’s too hard for the tent stakes to
4) Put in the sleeping pads, sleeping bags, pillows, flashlights, etc.
5) Don’t forget the rain flap!
You know what I think is VERY COOL?!
It's the analogy Scripture uses for our earthly bodies. It calls them “tents.”
When we’re camping, our tent becomes our home. It keeps us warm on nights that become bitterly cold. It guards us from the elements – wind and rain. It even protects us from animals that wander around in the night. It’s a comfortable, cozy place to be.
But, even though our tent provides us shelter, and we like being in it, we never forget our true home waiting for us at the end of our journey.
And there comes a day when it is finally time to go home.
“The Hub” and I remove the rain flap, take out the tent stakes, empty it, untie the stabilizing loops, and pull out the metal supports. And you know what?! That tent flattens to the ground in a moment. We fold it up carefully, pack it away, and head home.
That’s what I believe Scripture is trying to show us. These bodies are just tents, temporary dwelling places away from our real home with God in eternity.
“For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God Himself…So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:1, 6)
There is a home waiting for us – a place to dwell with God FOREVER!
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