AT THE LODGE“And He said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest awhile: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.” (Mark 6:31)
Welcome to Pine Cone Lodge! A lodge is a house or hotel where people stay for vacations sometimes. In different parts of our country, there are many lodges people may stay at while spending time in the great outdoors. This summer we are going to learn about some of these places. We will pretend we are taking a refreshing summer vacation. We will stay at a pretend place called Pine Cone Lodge, and we will also spend lots of time outdoors. We will learn many object lessons from the birds, plants, animals, and fish God has created.
In the late 1800s in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state, there were many hotels where people could go and spend time in the wilderness. Some of these people wanted to stay in tents instead of hotels, because they wanted to feel more as if they were camping. So at first there were tent camps at some of the hotels. Then they put up platforms to set up the tents on. Then cabins were built to replace the tents. Many of these camps were owned by rich families, and the buildings became bigger and nicer as time went on. Today we call these camps “lodges” or “Great Camps”.
Lodges and Great Camps began because people wanted to get away from their busy lives for awhile. They wanted to get outdoors and spend time in the mountains and forests, enjoying the lakes, rivers, and other beautiful places God has made. We still like to do those things today, don’t we?
In our verse today, Jesus and His disciples went to a quiet outdoor place to get some rest. Jesus often went to quiet places in the wilderness to spend time alone with His heavenly Father. In the summertime, it’s nice to take your Bible and devotional book and have your quiet time outdoors or on a porch or deck. You can enjoy the nice fresh air and hear the songs of birds while you spend time with the Lord in Bible reading and prayer. God wants us to take some quiet time every day, whether indoors or outdoors, to read His Word and pray!
* Thank God for the beauty of His creation and for the many interesting birds and animals He has made. Ask God to help you be faithful in having a quiet time with Him at the start of every day. *
Even though this book is for kids, I find that it has lessons for me and for all of us. Hope you will enjoy these occasional posts -- I haven't decided yet how often I will do them.