In 1992 several of us quit our jobs, jumped in our vehicles and headed west. Nine people total, three vehicles and enough gear to start a small community. It was an adventure of a lifetime. We left Nashville headed for the high desert of northern Nevada for the annual Rainbow Family of Living Light Gathering that runs, even to this day, from July 1 through July 5 in a National Forrest somewhere in the U.S. People pray, meditate, do yoga, cook together, live together during this time. It is something to behold. There is a freedom that can not be explained when in this setting. This was the last national gathering that any of us attended. Several of us attended smaller regional gatherings over the coming years but never again has anyone attended the national.
When we arrived at the location of the Gathering in Nevada the actual site was close to twenty miles off a paved road. We drove in on a service road – really just desert floor that had been leveled for vehicles. The site was absolutely secluded. There were possibly two-thousand people in attendance, a much smaller Gathering than other nationals we had attended.
While laying on the desert floor over night you could see satellites in the sky, you could see shooting stars about every 30 seconds and you could see the depths of the Milky Way like you see in photographs or in movies but it was right there. God’s world was before our eyes. The majesty, beauty and quiet were, to this day, awe inspiring. Being that far removed from “civilization” with zero interference from electric light, allows the world to slow down, become quiet like you can’t imagine and makes space for God that is indescribable. Longing for those nights only makes a person crazy. Recreating that space is, physically, impossible when the tall buildings of downtown are a mere 4 minute drive away.
The heart and mind are allowed to revisit, allowed to move to as quiet a place as possible and allowed to invite God into our hearts whenever we would like. He is worthy of our seeking, asking and knocking. He will answer as long as we quieten down long enough to remember He is in charge of it all.
Psalms 46 KJV
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.