Tent Camping

Posted on Dec 12 , 2014 in God's Word & Life Lessons

Tent Camping

© By Brad L Hodges

Psalm 91:9-16 (NIV)
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.

Many years ago I went backpacking with a close friend in the high country of Yosemite National Park in California.

After hiking all day we finally ceased our trek and found a suitable location to make our first camp which included setting up a double tube tent in which we placed our sleeping bags for the alleged nights rest.

Yosemite is known for its extensive bear population and as a result backpackers are warned to remove all food and other bear pleasing scents from their packs and tie them up-high in a tree.

For our safety of course we unarguably complied and isolated all said items in one of our packs. We then tied a rope to the frame, located a tree a reasonable distance from our camp, slung the rope up and over a high branch, after a few failed attempts at the slinging, then hoisted the pack upward, the suggested ten feet away from the trunk and fifteen feet high off the ground, to protect it from the bears.

Despite our best efforts to ensure bear safety, let me tell you that night, Psalm 91:10; “no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent,” was a promise we were counting on.

Reading Psalm 91:9-16 reminds me that life is much like my tent-camping-in-bear-country experience.

One “hikes” through life which is replete with the ‘bears’ of dangers, calamities and unknown mazes to navigate through. Often we wish we could tie the emotions, fears and concerns that accompany these collections of events high in a “tree” to separate them from our realities at hand. This would certainly allow us to face them, individually or collectively, more directly without their distractions.

One caveat however; we are humans and humans are of themselves a collection of emotions, fears and concerns which more often than not makes it impossible to separate them from the realities of life. We can’t tie them up in a tree to keep them from the ‘bears’ because they are inexorably connected to the tent in our base camp of life.

So what can we do to protect ourselves from the ‘bears’ of life if we are unable to separate them from the accompanying negative emotions?

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent (Ps 91:9-10).

In other words if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior and are abiding in Him, you have a protective “Park Ranger” in the campground of life with you at all times to help you deal with and calm your fears and concerns so you can face reality—to keep with a tent camping analogy.

It doesn’t mean you aren’t going to encounter dangers and problems in life simply because you have Jesus in your camp. But it does mean because you love Him and because you acknowledge His name by abidance, that when you call on Jesus He will answer you and protect you as long as it is in accordance with His Master Plan for your life (Ps 91:14-16) as you encounter them.

Taking The Lord with you as your Park Ranger to protect against the bears will help you cope with your fears and make your tent-camping a much more enjoyable experience.

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