May 27, 2014 - Camping    No Comments

Entertainment Fix

Zach Sweat in his Eno camp hammock near Lynx Lake

Eno camp hammock near Lynx Lake

         I spent this weekend up north in the forests of Prescott, Arizona around the Lynx Lake area. My wife and I and another couple were going to use the Memorial weekend to get away from the heat of the valley and relax a bit. I had decided to go up early the Friday before Memorial Day weekend to secure us a spot in the first-come, first-serve campground. Due to the wildfires plaguing Arizona and it being Memorial Day weekend we figured it would be quite difficult to find a spot.

After finding a decent place to set up camp I began to unload the truck and set up—all of which only took about an hour. After finishing the setup it was around 1 o’clock. I was looking at another 5-8 hours till my wife and friends arrived. I tried to entertain myself by tidying up camp, took an hour nap in the hammock I had bought, and then just sat for a while watching the other camps go about their business.

As I sat there waiting I realized there was an inner war waging within. I was enjoying this time alone in the outdoors, something of which I have done in the past and yearn for quite often. But around the 5 hour mark I began to grow increasingly bored and desired some sort of interaction. By this point my phone was dead, my dog was asleep, and I had finished carving a 10 inch spoon out of a piece of tree.

I began to wonder when I became so programmed to need an “entertainment fix”. When had I become so unable to just sit and contemplate, meditate, think, and wonder? I began to question how much this reality was affecting my spiritual life and my time with God. If I am this dependent on being constantly stimulated by television, books, apps, smart phone, et cetera, when am I taking time to just be alone with God? Can I even be alone with God anymore? And if I am constantly distracted how will I ever hear Him over the noise of my life?

What I realized is that I must make a concerted effort to not only seek God and to hear His voice in the midst of the storm, but also when the sea is calm.

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10a

Please feel free to leave a comment below on your interactions with the stillness of life and hearing God speak into your life.

Feb 1, 2013 - Update    No Comments

Update 2-1-2013

Greetings to all! I am taking this blog in a new direction and hope that I will be able to not only blog my thoughts/activities. mentor and minister, but also use this website as a supplement to my resume. So far everything is well, please make sure to check out the different areas of my site. If you wish to send me feedback, please use the contact form here.

 

Thank you and God bless!

 

In His service,

Zach

Nov 17, 2011 - Update    No Comments

Update 11 – 16 – 2011

Update to all. The site is coming together–somewhat. Hopefully it will be somewhat completed by the end of this month in time for the Christmas season. God bless and have a wonderful day!

-ZS

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