African Safari Fine Arts Camp

by Rick Pidcock

This past week marked our church’s first ever Vacation Bible School. A group of college kids from the church that we came from in South Carolina flew out to help us.

If you spend any time in Stapleton, you will find a huge interest in the arts. So we decided to do an African Safari Fine Arts Camp.

Each morning, we played games, learned child safety tips, memorized scripture, and worked on music and art projects. And then the afternoons consisted of either promoting the camp, getting to know the city, or helping church members with special projects around their houses.

Thursday afternoon, we went to Rocky Mountain National Park. During our drive up into the park, the rain began to pour. But after just a few minutes, we could see the clouds evaporating up into the sky before our very eyes. And what lay before us was the most beautiful sight that many of the team members had ever seen.

Snowcapped mountains ascended up into the heavens. The mist from the rain began to disappear into the dark pine forests. And the mighty wind rushed over us, reminding us of how great our Creator really is.

As we gazed in awe of the creation, we bowed in awe of the Creator. Psalm 90:2 says, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” All of creation points us to our everlasting God as the Creator of it all. He was God before He even made the mountains.

Psalm 104:8 says, “The mountains rose, the valleys sank down to the place that you appointed for them.” God appointed the height of every mountain, and the depth of every valley. And even the mountains themselves cry out in worship to Him. Psalm 97:5 says, “The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth.”

In a very small way, the fine arts camp was a beautiful response of worship to our Creator by being creative to His glory. Whether in music or art, our creative talents ultimately point us to the fact that there is a Glorious Creator with far more skill than any of us could ever dream to have. And this week was a very encouraging reminder to the entire team that our God can make more than just picture frames. He created the very reality that those pictures struggled to capture.

So the next time your kid scribbles a picture, take a moment to share with him about the Great Artist of the universe, Jesus Christ.

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