Experts insist that we won’t have a problem in the wilds. If we leave animals alone, they will leave us alone. If we put away our food, they won’t bother us. If we don’t get near their young, we are safe. If we keep our dogs on leash and our children tied to our apron strings, all will be well.
No, wait. There’s more. Coyotes aren’t afraid of people, love small living things, and can jump fences. Now that they’ve intermingled with dogs, we have a new fierce critter called coy-dog. Oh, and don’t stick your hand in snake spots like logs and under rocks. If you get bitten, head for medical help immediately.
Mountain lions are sneaky and might stalk you. Stand guard with a stick and stare them down. Running puts them in attack mode. P.S. They seem to like joggers. GOOD GRIEF!!!!!
All these animals are particularly dangerous in the night, so don’t go out in the dark, keep everyone gathered around you, and you might want to pray, before they prey on you!
I think my prayers will include this one. God, please don’t make me go camping!
Even as I say that, I know he will not answer that prayer. Why? He continually moves us out of our comfort zones into steadfast living with him. So pack your gear folks. Here comes the wilderness. Don’t worry. We’re safe in God’s tent.
For in the day of trouble, He will keep me safe in his dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:5, NIV)
Prayer – Lord, help us be good campers for Christ’s sake. Amen.