It is hard to have an appreciation for something that you do not notice. It is entirely possible to spend time every day passing over something that is truly amazing. Many have likely seen videos where some of the best musicians in the world go and play on the streets. (this one of Josh Bell playing the Washington metro is particularly good). In nearly every case, the vast majority of people simply walk by and take little notice while some of the most beautifully played music in the world calls to them. If they had noticed what beauty was there for them to take in they would not only stop and pay attention to it, but would draw others in to see it as well.
I believe this to be the case with the amazing creation that has been given over to us by God. When God made the heavens and the earth, God did so with even more care and skill than the greatest artists and musicians of all time. But we live in a culture and world that is so easily distracted. Our eyes are drawn more to billboards and screens then to the trees, rivers, mountains, and sky. And this is why I love places like Sawtooth Camp.
Sawtooth finds itself in an oasis (though our techno-culture is more likely to call it a desert!). Up here in the remote mountains of Idaho we have the blessing to have the most common distractions removed from us. It enables those who come here to simply be and take notice of all that is around them.
These are the opportunities that happen at camp, we just have to make sure we don’t get in the way.
The Love of Christ to you,