Being jostled as we barrel down the, on-construction, road to Mbeya cutting through a massive pine forest, I feel like I am peeking into the forests of Colorado. The darkness between the gangly trunks is enchanting, nothing but trees as far as the eyes can see, until they disappear into the abyss. My mind drifts as I imagine lying in the luscious grass, peering up into the needle and sap filled sky above. My heart yearns for dusty hiking boots, flannel shirts, and the aroma of pine needles in the air. Heart thumping . Eyes dilated. I must go.
Outreach sounds a little like outdoor, but don’t be deceived. The closest thing to enjoying the wilderness I have had since being in Africa is going to a waterfall tourist destination. It was amazing and beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but not what I picture when thinking about enjoying the creation of God.
My checklist to truly enjoy the wilderness:
1. Be alone with God and talk with Him.
2. Turn off your phone, or even better find a place with no reception. (Be safe)
3. Bring a hammock (optional but highly recommend for relaxing between trees)
4. Hike to a secluded place with a view, if you hear people or see buildings, try harder. (I recommend a mountain for sense of victory and the fresh cool mountain air)
5. Clear your mind of worries and responsibilities.
6. Soak in the beauty and majesty of your King.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
Note: Don’t forget, just like life, sometimes it’s about the journey, not the destination.