I Hear the Woods A-Callin’

26 Apr

I am packed and ready to go.

The woods are calling me.

Tomorrow I am going hiking in Pine Mountain, North of Columbus, Georgia with some guys from the church. I am giving up a Sunday morning at our church building to be with the guys and worship in the woods.

We are hiking in and camping overnight and hiking out Sunday around lunch time. I haven’t been hiking since I was in the Boy Scouts during middle school. I am looking forward to connecting with the guys and reconnecting with the Lord this weekend. There is something spiritually refreshing about engaging with God through nature.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not going to be totally disconnected. I am taking my cell phone, which will allow me to take pictures and upload them to my facebook account. I also signed up for ESPN Alerts, which will send a TXT message to me after each of the Kansas City Chiefs’ draft picks. It is NFL draft weekend and the Chiefs have 13 picks, 2 in the first round!

So I will keep one foot in the digital world and the other one will be in the woods.

God has made his invisible attributes known in creation (Romans 1:20).

The heavens declare the glory of God (Ps. 19:1).

Jesus often departed to a lonely place to pray (Luke 5:16). In Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord: Road to Cana, Jesus departs into a grove in order to reconnect to God the Father.

I will spend time in silence in solitude. I am taking my moleskine and a Gideon’s New Testament (NKJV). I am looking forward to a time of spiritual renewal. I am expecting God to show up in surprising ways. On Sunday morning, I am preaching a message entitled, “Finally Brothers,” from Philippians 4:4-9. I am going to challenge them to think through the Men’s Fraternity three-fold definition (reject passivity…accept responsibility…lead courageously). We will end our Sunday morning service with communion, receiving the bread and juice from a mess kit.

Pray for us!


Posted by on April 26, 2008 in Life



3 responses to “I Hear the Woods A-Callin’

  1. Santosh

    April 27, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Ditch the digital!!!

  2. Derek Vreeland

    April 28, 2008 at 5:11 am

    By God’s providence, my battery went dead on my cell phone. So after uploading two pictures to my facebook account, I did ditch the digital.


  3. Faith, Life, and Worship

    May 3, 2008 at 1:59 am

    What did you think of your experience? What about starting a Cornerstone Compound out there? Well if you brought the women along … you couldn’t scratch and spit … you know … all the real “manly” things “real men” do to prove their manliness. Ha Ha.

    P.S. No, I’m not asking you to tell me if y’all really scratched and spat. I really don’t want you to tell me if y’all did the “man-cuddle” to keep warm. Some things should stay in the woods.


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