Trade in the Tent!

Posted by Dawn Bovenmyer on

Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.   – 2 Corinthians 5:1 NIV

I did not grow up camping. The closest I came to it was once trying to sleep under a picnic table at my friend’s house. Intruding cats and lack of sleep quickly put the kibosh on that idea!

So when early on in our marriage, my husband Dave suggested that we camp on a trip to a Colorado conference, I naively acquiesced. We had no tent or camping gear, but were able to borrow a thin nylon tent from a friend. Oh, did I mention that I was seven months pregnant and that we had a two-year-old in tow?

The first night it rained. I don’t remember if we had an umbrella... The following nights weren’t so bad, sleeping by a moonlit lake in Nebraska, and later pitching our tent in the mountainous Colorado conference grounds.

All was well until the last night. A snowstorm descended with blasts of wind that uprooted our tent pegs not once but twice! While Dave was outside scrambling to find the pegs and re-secure our shelter, I was inside holding the flapping tent off of our two-year-old. Excitement only mounted when our toddler woke up vomiting during the middle of it all. And oh, did I mention that the temperature had dropped to freezing?

The following morning I wearily opened my Bible for inspiration and read, “The tent of the upright will flourish!” (Proverbs 14:11).

Years have passed, and the older I get, the more I relate to this tenting experience. Our frail bodies are tents in this life, vulnerable to disease, climate, and aging. I look forward to trading this transient tent in for the promised eternal “house” awaiting me in heaven!

Submitted by:
Dawn Bovenmyer
Stonebrook Community Church
Ames, Iowa

One-Year Bible Reading
1 Kings 12:20-13:34
Acts 9:26-43
Psalm 132:1-18
Proverbs 17:6

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