I grew up in a suburb of one of the largest cities in the U.S. While my neighborhood looked like many other post-WWII planned communities of cookie-cutter houses on small lots, I was fortunate to live on one of the outer edges of the neighborhood. This meant I could walk out the back gate of my yard into what seemed like endless opportunities of adventure. Within feet of my backyard was a creek for wading, ponds for catching frogs and crawfish, fields worth days of bike exploration, and a wide open sky uncluttered by ground lights. To be a starveyor I only had to look up to discover the wonder of God's creative genius.
Fortunately I had both country and city cousins, and they were all just a short car ride away. Within minutes I could be amidst the sights and sounds of the city or the tranquility of the country. Both were rich with adventure and the presence of God's handiwork.
There were skyscrapers that seemed so amazingly tall I could barely see the top. Obviously you could open a window and touch a star if not the moon itself. And then there were fields so vast the distant ground and sky seemed to merge into one. Surely, if I could just run far enough, I would be able to gather stars as if plucking fruit from a low hanging tree.
Isn't a child's imagination wonderful? Their sense of discovery, exploration, and adventure is a treasure, that sadly can be too quickly lost. Galactic Starveyors, LifeWay's VBS 2017, is a return to the childhood innocence of discovery, exploration, and adventure. It is a return to the backyard (or rooftop) clubhouse where dreams come true and imagination is the rule of the day. Best of all we will discover the God who created the universe wants a personal relationship with us.
In recent days I have heard from so many VBS leaders who are excited about the Starveyors theme and have already begun dreaming up decorations for next summer. Here's a few photos from our video shoot to stir your imagination.