Sacred Space. Growing Faith: The Importance of Sabbath
For so many people, nature and the outdoors is a place where they can more easily sense the presence of God. It is a place of refuge, peace, and silence. In nature, there is no ringing, beeping, sirens, or chimes. Instead, you hear the rustling of leaves, chirping of birds, and the gurgling of water. At the ocean, you hear the waves crashing into the sand. On a mountain top, you hear the rush of wind. There are no screens, no tablets, no televisions. There are stars and trees, valleys and hills, clouds and streams.
Nature is God’s own design. The beauty of a sunset reminds you of God’s majesty. The tranquility of a forest reminds you of God’s holiness. Psalm 19: 1-4 tells us, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Creation, nature, tells of the God who loves us and created us, too. And just like God created nature filled with beauty and wonder, God created us the same way.
In a world filled with structure, with noise and busyness and schedules and alarms, it is so important to make sure that we set aside time to seek God and listen to God. This concept of Sabbath, of taking a day to rest in the midst of our work and constant movement, was important to God. In fact, God commanded it. For many, nature is a great place to do just that. Week after week, people come to Camp Wyoming to hear God in the silence of a morning after a snowfall, to see God in the sun setting through the trees, to feel God as the wind blows.
When have you seen God through the beauty of the world around you at camp? When was the last time you got the chance to stop and just be present, in that moment, experiencing the world and the wonderful things God made? Do you set aside time to Sabbath- to rest, to be, and to draw near to God? We are so glad that Camp Wyoming can bless people through our site and the sacred space that is here. We hope that you’ll share your stories of blessings and the moment your heart, like Chris Rice describes in his hymn, wells up with hallelujahs.