Prayer: Help us to see you, dear Lord, in the ordinary and the extraordinary. Amen.
Reading: Exodus 19
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: I enjoy the stories in the Bible that deal with mountains. Having a job where we try to give participants “mountaintop experiences,” it’s fun for me to see the correlations between what we do today and mountain experiences that characters in the Bible had so long ago.
I was recalling a mountaintop story the other day to one of our staff members. A group of friends and I hiked up to Buffalo Gap on a cold March Saturday. We decided to save some time by driving part way there. However, because of some ice on a mountain road, we couldn’t get the vehicle all the way to the top. So, we had to part it and hike up further than we planned.
We hiked on some rocks that day and enjoyed each other’s company. Coming down, one of our group slipped on a rock that was covered in ice, but averted an accident thankfully. We were lucky! We had a great time that morning.
On Monday, two of us went to retrieve the vehicle that we left there over the weekend. It was then that we noticed there was a sign on that road that prohibited motor vehicles. Nine of us missed that sign two days prior. It was a gentle reminder that we need to look around us and take in all that we can see on our journeys.
This chapter in Exodus reminds me that we need to also keep watch for God. God is with us on our journey. God will help make the ordinary a mountaintop experience. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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