May 05, 2011
A few weeks ago we joined our small group (ABF) for a camping weekend at Lake Sommerville, TX. We always look forward to leaving our routine and "unplug" for a few days. And going with wonderful friends is always a super bonus!
Southeast Texas is currently experiencing a serious drought. No rain for us for more than a month! So the grass/swampy areas were not as green, not many wildflowers were left and the lake levels were low but that didn't keep us from having a great time.
We enjoyed morning hikes on the trails, fishing and wading, lots of good food and resting time. On our first night we had barred owls hooting and calling away on the tree right on top of our tent!! This was such a neat treat for Caleb. The second night coyotes were roaming nearby. We could hear the "jip jip jip" for a while.
We ended our weekend with "church service" right there in the camp. How awesome to sing "Creator God you gave me breath so I could praise your great and matchless name" and "Our God is greater, our God is stronger" right there in the middle of God's amazing creation. We shared prayer and one of the dad shared the Word with us.
While we were packing, a man that was camping nearby came to Brad and said "are you all from a church?". He said yes and told us that he could hear our singing from his camp site and he was so "impressed" that we were not afraid to worship our God so freely in a public park.
Praise God for that story! It was a meaningful way to end our camping weekend and an encouragement to always be ready to offer a praise to our God, no matter where we are.