The Simple Life
"GET OUT OF THE GARBAGE PILE!!" The not-so-stoic security guard bellowed at the 10 foot pile of trash overflowing from the dumpster in the enormous campground, eyes twinkling, mouth pursed in an attempt the smile behind his lips.
We had been so taken aback by this demand that we were compelled to stand and watch for some inkling as to what on earth pocess this man to yell at garbage. Suddenly, a figure began to emerge through the thinning bag until it gave way to reveal fingers, hand, arm. Another arm pulled the sack open wide enough to reveal the body inside.
Our curious wonderment gave way to ferocious laughter as the odd teenager, dreadlocks and all, stumbled off like a duckling who just broke free of his egg. His reason for hiding in trash was entirely beyond us as was most of the pranks and shananagans we took part in that week at Creation Fest. It was just.... Funny!!
Funny in ways entirely ignored by many once they reached the age of 14 and realized there were more daring ways to have fun. Funny in ways that seem maybe immature to those who have outgrown the joys of simple, harmless pranks. Funny in ways that leave you hunched over laughing so hard you can't make a sound and make you feel like you just did 50 million sit-ups when it's all over. It's really quite refreshing when you consider the opposite.
Two weeks before the enormous Christian rock fesival, Jaden and I went to Warped Tour, a punk rock festival at the same venue in eastern Washington, where 'having fun' meant sticking your middle finger in the air and drinking lotsa beer. Or smoking weed. Or bashing our president and country. It was a big festival of people who think they're open-minded and unique because they all believe the same things and dress the same way. "Stand up even if you stand alone" was the slogan of one of the Warped Tour bands that played last year. Imagine what would have happened if I stood up (alone? You better believe it!) and instead of shouting "F--- Bush! Give women their right to choose!" I yelled, "JESUS is LORD and SAVIOR! Abortion is murder! Homosexuality is a sin!" My life would have been at stake, even among those who claim to be so "open minded."
It was just such a blessing and inspiring time to be among those who shared in knowing the truth. Those more simple and peaceful minded because of Christ. Those who I KNOW I'll be hanging out with in Heaven. It was truly amazing to be among literally thousands of believers and know that that was a taste of Heaven. We didn't have to lock our car doors or hide our valuables (or BIBLES!). People shared in the message of peace, not hate or destruction. Worship melodies drifted through the campground right up until lights out.
We had joyful pillow fights instead of hateful fist fights. We drank "squeeze-its" instead of alcohol and we delighted in absurdly funny things like "pool party" invatations with directions to a blow-up kiddy pool on the other side of camp. We ran around like 10 year olds singing "Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A Pirate's life for me!" and ate lots of pop-tarts.
I can't wait to have fun in Heaven :)