Campfires and God

Campfires and God

Recently, I spent ten days at my parents’ house in Ludington, Michigan, on a study break to work on my preaching menu for this next year. Each evening, my Dad and I would start a campfire around 8:30 p.m. and sit until after midnight. As we’d sit around the fire, our conversations ranged from family matters to our impending move to Chicagoland to our children, the latest books we’ve read, the Detroit Tigers’ amazing season, and current events in the political world. It’s always a great talk-fest.

Each night as darkness fell and the stars came out, we’d inevitably begin to stare into the sky and talk about the size of the universe and the immensity of our God. Various passages of Scripture would come to mind, such as Psalm 19:1: “The heavens declare the glory of God.” At times, our conversations would sort of stall as we both just stared into the heavens, a bit overwhelmed by the sheer size of what we were looking at. We talked about galaxies, black holes, stars, nebulas, light years—and a God who had set it all in motion.

As I reflect on this time with my Dad, a passages like Deuteronomy 6 comes to mind. Here Moses instructs parents to talk about spiritual matters throughout a “normal” day with their children. This is how the faith is best passed on. Of course we need to evangelize our children and present the Gospel, but then we need to continue by discipling and teaching them about the Scriptures. Here is where parents are on the front lines. We need to be looking for opportunities to interject spiritual conversations throughout the day. This is something that my parents did well as we were growing up.

I’d leave our campfires each night a little more passionate about our God and how complex and mighty He is. It was incredible tonic for the soul. It was a powerful reminder that, whatever my tiny problems are at the moment, He is more than able to handle things. You think!?!?! Our God is an awesome God. If you need any reminders, just walk outdoors on the next starry night and stare into the heavens for a few minutes and let your heart and mind begin to praise Him. Turn off your iPhone and walk away from the TV and go stare into the sky. It will do wonders for your heart, mind, and soul. Absolutely guaranteed!

by Jay Childs, Future Senior Pastor