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Topic: Camping (07/11/05)
- TITLE: A Lesson in the Woods
By Justin Glenn
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So with my weekend all planned out for me, Uncle Steve and I set out for some desolate part of the forest, as far away from any modern convenience we could get. It felt like it was taking hours to get there, but Steve insisted that we were only in the car for a little over an hour. Luckily, Steve let me take my handheld video game in the car, but of course, it had to be left in the car when we got there. Wouldn’t want any fun to happen in the woods.
When we finally came to a stop, Steve declared that from this moment on, until Monday afternoon (did I mention that it was a three day weekend?), there would be no electronics or any other modern conveniences used. So there went my video game. Packing away the game, I heard a sound, like some wild creature out in the woods. Steve told me to be very quiet, and slowly get out of the Jeep. Following his finger almost straight up about 40 feet, I strained to see what he saw.
“Look for a big bump on the limb. It’s the same color as the tree, but doesn’t quite seem to belong,” Steve instructed.
It took me a couple of minutes, but then I began to see a shape that didn’t seem to really be part of the tree.
Before I could figure out what it was, the shape leapt off the branch and as it was falling towards us, enormous wings appeared on each side and caught the great bird as it soared off into the distance.
“An owl!” I exclaimed. I had no idea that owls could get that big. Steve proceeded to give a short lesson about owls.
“They really hunt at night and can swoop down and grab a little mouse from up in the air?”
“Yep. It’s amazing what these animals can do, huh?”
That weekend Steve taught me about all the animals we saw. I learned that bats have some kind of built in radar that they use to hunt, and that lots of animals (like the owl) are colored just the right color so that they blend in with the place that they live. I even worked up the courage to pick up lizards and daddy longlegs.
“How did all these animals get this way,” I wanted to know.
“Well, that’s what I was hoping we could talk about this weekend,” Steve answered.
That was the weekend that I learned about how God created the world and everything in it. He even made me. All of the animals were made uniquely by God. The radar of the bats and the camouflage of the owl were designed by Him. And then Steve told me that as much as God loved and cared about those animals, it didn’t compare to how He loves me.
Now Uncle Steve and I take a camping trip every spring. We even convinced my dad to take off from work and go with us this year. I hope he can learn as much as I did on my first camping trip.
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