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Creation, cursed though it may be, still reveals God’s glory and nature. In our fast-paced world, families tend to spend so much time indoors—whether it’s watching television, chatting online, playing video games, attending school, or going to the mall—that we miss some of the wonder of God’s creation and thus, something of God Himself.
So how can we get outside and away from the many empty distractions of our modern world? First, we must reduce time spent on such things as computers, televisions, and video games. We need to schedule outdoor time, whether in the backyard, at a park, or on a walk. Tending a garden—even one simple tomato plant in a sunny spot—will yield many interesting observations about nurturing, growth, and fruit. An astonishing amount of creation is there for everyone to observe—even in the suburbs. When was the last time you paused to enjoy the beauty of a sunrise or sunset?
Camping is another way not only to experience creation but also to build special bonds. Families, churches, or youth groups may rent space at local camps and plan a camping experience that combines sporting activities, Bible study, discipleship, worship, and relationship-building. There is something about getting away from the ordinary that prepares our hearts to experience the Lord in a fresh way.
Walking through a quiet forest, wading in the pounding ocean, standing on a mountain peak, or sitting silently before a crackling fire can turn our minds to thoughts of eternity, the meaning of life, and the greatness of God. Let’s take time to meditate on these things and join the psalmist in declaring, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).
Visit www.answersmagazine.com/go/creation-adventures for a list of creation-based adventures and camps.