Last week, Emilie and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. On Sunday, we traveled to Camp Sentinel where we stayed in the new Wixson cabin for four nights . We were blessed with great weather. On Monday, we went to Weirs Beach and purchased tickets to ride the Mt. Washington on Lake Winnipesaukee. The cruise around the lake takes three hours. I was amazed to learn how many islands are on the lake. The homes are absolutely beautiful. At one point we could see Gunstock Mt. to our right and to our left the Ossipee Mt. range. This included a view of Castle in the Clouds and Ledges at Camp Sentinel. On Tuesday, we hiked up to Ledges for a picnic lunch. As we sat on the rocks looking out at Winnipesaukee and Gunstock Mt. I could see the Mt. Washington (ship) sailing along the waters where we had traveled the day before. On ledges just a few feet in front of us stands the Cross. The Cross was made of a couple of small trees nailed together. The Cross is old and decaying and has weathered many storms since it was erected.
Looking at the beauty of what I have described above always brings me back to Genesis and the creation story. “And God saw that it was good.” What He has created is good and beautiful. Yes, man has found so many ways to harm and destroy His creation, but what He created was and is good. Yes, man has destroyed and the destruction is a part of the fall. Sin has destroyed us and by sin we have destroyed God’s creation. But then there is the Cross. Yes, it is old and decaying, but the work that was done on the Cross 2000 years ago has allowed us to be forgiven. We do not need to live under Adam and Eve’s sin. We are able to come to the Cross and confess our sins to Jesus and be born again.
As one arrives at Sentinel, there are several small signs with one or two words on them. One of them says “Digital Detox”. While at camp, one leaves behind the cell phone, and the internet and all that it has to offer. But I found myself enjoying another detox, from all forms of news. For four days, I had no idea what was happening in the world. All the negativity in the world takes us away from God’s beauty and we miss God’s creation. God spoke and Winnipesaukee and the mountains and all that we see were created. Kevin Van Brunt often says, “God doesn’t speak any louder when at Sentinel, it is just easier to hear Him in the stillness.” In the stillness it is easier to see the Cross and bask in what Jesus did for me (you).
Next week we will celebrate Independence Day. Sooner then I want, summer will pass. Don’t let it pass without taking the time to enjoy the stillness. Perhaps some of you would get together and drive down to Sentinel next week (July 3-9) and let me take you to some of the quite spots and experience the stillness. Don’t let the world steal your joy. Experience the world detox that can only be found with Jesus Christ “be still and know that I am God”. Look at His creation, His beauty.