by Sheri Schofield
Once upon a time, I thoroughly enjoyed camping out in the mountains. At least I think I did. But for some reason, all I can remember now is freezing at night every time I rolled off that thin, rubber mat that was supposed to protect me from the cold, hard ground. Honestly, that is all I remember about camping.
But nostalgia is a strange thing. Somehow, my husband, Tim, wants to camp out again. However, he wants an upgrade on the equipment. So, he bought a tiny camper and tried to tow it home behind his little Suzuki. Bad plan. It caught fire on the way home. Unfortunately, the fire only consumed the Suzuki, not the camper.
I recognize ill omens when I see them.
Tim assures me that the old man who sold it to him, slept in it all year. I seriously doubt that: It has a hole in the roof. “We’ll have some good times in it,” he assured me.
Fat chance. I am not sleeping in that thing! Tim, however, said it is an investment in our retirement. Now I’m worried about his plans for our retirement! I seem to hear the music from “Jaws” getting louder and louder in my brain.
Coincidentally, my daughter married a man who is eerily like her dad. He, too, is enamored with camping out. My daughter called to invite us to camp out in their new little trailer…in Alaska. Burr! “It will be so much fun!” she tells me.
I hate to be a party pooper, but I am not camping out in another tiny trailer with three other people! “At our age,” I tell her, “we have to use the restroom more than once during the night. And we snore.”
“Oh,” she says after a long pause. “It’s not going to work, is it?”
I can imagine how Sarah felt when Abraham said, “Honey, God told me to leave town and go to a new land where we will live in tents and herd sheep and goats and camels and move around a lot. It will be so much fun!”
No wonder Sarah was barren. With all that exercise, her body probably refused to add childbearing to her burden. That’s what happens sometimes to women devoted to aerobics. Have you ever tried to round up sheep on foot? Well. There you are: Aerobics.
On top of that, God had told Abraham he would be the father of many nations. The pressure’s on, Sarah! It’s all up to you! After many years, Sarah got tired and said, “Hey, let my servant girl, Hagar, take over.” Bad idea!
But Sarah’s faith was exhausted from trying to measure up to Abraham’s expectations. Exhausted from moving all the time. Exhausted from trying to conceive a child to build a nation.
Trying to measure up to others’ expectations can be a faith-drain on anyone. If you’re there, know this: God loves you unconditionally. He will give you the strength you need for each day as it arrives. The grace for tomorrow will be there on time. Your future is assured in Jesus. You’ve got a wonderful eternity ahead…and it does not involve camping out!
Jesus said, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may be where I am,” John 14:2-3 (NIV).
Heaven’s going to be a blast!“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV).
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About the author: Sheri Schofield is an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years. Sheri was named Writer of the Year in 2018 at the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!
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