The Bible is full of accounts of the people who met with God in the outdoors. Here is one such encounter.
Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him. When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim.
The name Mahanaim means double camp. Jacob acknowledged that there were two camps where he was staying. There was his camp and the camp of God. This is important because now that Christ has risen, we are in a “double kingdom.” We live in the world, yet at the same time we are in the kingdom of God.
Wherever we go, whatever we do, we take this heavenly kingdom with us. Whether we realize it or not, we have access to God’s kingdom at all times. Our problem is usually the distractions that keep us from seeking the spiritual.
I just returned from a camping trip. I spent a night, alone, in a nearby state park. I set up my tent at a secluded site and settled in.
The purpose was to get alone with God for a while. You might think that this sounds a little extreme. Maybe it is, but I’ve found that I can hear from God better without all of the distractions in my familiar settings.
When God gets me by myself like this, He can (and does) get my undivided attention. There are times He deals with me about things I may have been neglecting. Sometimes it’s about God teaching me something new, or giving me insight into the Word.
This trip I can truly say that God showed up in the camp. There were some things that He worked through with me and I received an “extreme makeover.” Looking back, I wouldn’t have missed that time with the Lord for anything else.
If you read through the Gospels you’ll find that praying in the wilderness was a major part of the life of Christ. I believe that this is one of the secrets of His intimacy with the Father. I want to follow His example.
The good news is that this type of encounter with God is available to every one of us. If you are able, I encourage you to give it a try. Go out with a tent and other supplies. Bring your Bible and a notebook. Then expect to meet with God.
I believe that He honors our desire to seek Him intimately. The Lord loves the quality time we spend together. Then He can deal with things that take time to work through.
I can truly say that spending alone time with God in the outdoors is an incredible blessing.
Question: Have you encountered God in the outdoors? Could you share about it?
© Nick Zaccardi 2012