These days of spending time together outside, engaging in recreation, are formative together for us as a family, strengthening our relationships with one another, and strengthening our relationship with the One who created us.
Alaskans understand the importance of recreation more than most, I think. To experience the awe and wonder of the beauty around us, we have to intentionally make time to go out into the world. Likewise, to experience the depth and richness of building relationship with blood-relatives or friends who have become like family, we must be intentional in setting apart time to spend together. To experience a deeper abiding relationship with God, we must intentionally look for the hand of God at work around us, and then choose to participate in that work.
That’s the beauty of the word recreation. When we choose to come alongside the creative work God is already about and say “YES” to cooperating with God, we become part of God’s redemptive plan of healing and re-creating the brokenness of this world into the image and love of redemption. When we engage in recreation, we are becoming part of God’s healing plan of love and forgiveness and restoration.
So this summer, I encourage you, whatever your “family” group looks like, spend time together in outdoors building relationship with one another and by so doing, building relationship with the One who has created, and hopefully in many ways is still re-creating, us.
See you in worship and in the woods.