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Surrounded by Glory

Tuesday, July 1st 2014

One of the gifts of the camp experience, and of Rockmont in particular, is that we are surrounded by incredible beauty! And while camp is incredibly fun and has numerous activities to enjoy, there’s something special about simply being in this place.

The psalm-writer, David, was just as struck by the power of creation. He was overwhelmed by it, writing, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4) He saw grandeur all around him and this helped him better understand who God was and who he was.

The towering mountains around Rockmont, the stunning lake before us, and every tree in sight points to One who is truly great and who cares deeply about us, but who has also “crowned us with glory and honor” and has given us all things (Psalm 8:5). Rockmont helps us see the Creator more clearly, both as we take in the beauty surrounding us and as we interact with one another and grow together.

With the sun out all day long, and with the high around 88 degrees, it’s been the perfect day to be outside. The Sycamore tribe woke up just a few miles from the summit of Mount Mitchell, alongside the South Toe River, to begin a full day of playing in nature. Back at camp, the other 5 tribes had a morning packed with fun. The Buckeyes gathered for a zany game of 3-Ball Soccer/3-Disc Ultimate Frisbee. Close by, the Birches could be found trying to score playpen balls into trash bins in a game called Powerball. The Hickories entered the story of Transformers, chasing after Megatron and Optimus Prime, and the Hemlocks played Risk on the golf course. Over by the lake, the Poplars were playing one of our favorite versions of capture-the-flag called Gladiator.

We refueled at lunch where we celebrated Taco Tuesday! Soft shells, hard shells, and all the necessary fillings made for a fun, festive lunch. Rest period followed, and then the Hickory and Hemlock tribes set out for their first camp outs of the session. It couldn’t have been a prettier afternoon to set off into the woods. With the sun shining bright, the Buckeyes and Birches headed out to make the most of the Waterfront, Canoes, Zip Line, and Gully Washer. The Poplars were up on the lacrosse field playing an action-packed shirt-tail tag game.

After dinner, we moved right into more fun! Buckeyes took their turn playing Gladiator, while the Birches set out for Invasion, a capture-the-flag game on the narrow peninsula by the golf course. The Poplars re-grouped for Battleball in the gym, capping the night off with a night swim. Our evening devotions brought us to the story of Jesus healing blind Bartimaeus, a story that reminds us of God’s concern for us and his work in our lives to help us truly see. As night fell, with three tribes on the mountain and three in camp, there was a great sense of peace that only comes from playing hard and resting deeply.

On a beautiful day like today, we couldn’t help seeing God more clearly. We saw him in creation all around us, but also in one another as friendships were established and strengthened, new skills were developed, and as we shared together in our study of the biblical story. There’s no place that we would rather be! This is where we see God’s glory.

Grateful for this calling,

Shawn Marler
Bear Camp Director
Cabins 1-12

Today’s Bible Story…
Story: Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus
Scripture: Mark 10:46-52
+Where do you see yourself in the story?
+What is the good news?

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I hang on every word and am so inspired by the visuals that are created by them, not to mention the pictures too. I hope my son can take it all in for a lifetime of remembering this amazing experience!
by: marilyn on July 6th, 2014
I appreciate every word you write to tell us about the awesome events at camp. I am totally sure my son will play hard, learn much and come away exhausted and satisfied with this year's Rockmont experience! The only request I ever have is ---take more pictures! Thanks for all you do!
by: Tammy on July 3rd, 2014
so thankful my son is there and learning more about Him and enjoying HIS glory all around
by: Sarah on July 2nd, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write!
by: Olga on July 2nd, 2014
Amen Shawn. Thanks. #peaceful
by: Karen on July 2nd, 2014

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