Hafsten SweCamp resort near Uddevalla in West Sweden is an unusual place. It has been in existence for fifty years and occupies an enviable position on a peninsula with beaches on either side, and a large rocky promontory jutting out into the fjord providing shelter for the beaches, as well as some interesting walks. The site offers chalets to rent, and pitches for RVs/motor caravans, ordinary caravans, and tents. But approximately 50% of the site is occupied by trailers that are owned by Swedes and used for summer and weekend breaks. It seems that some retired couples spend a large part of the year at Hafsten, as the site never closes.
It is interesting that all of the trailers, or mobile homes as we call them in Europe, no longer bear any resemblance to the dull identical units that rolled off the production line many moons ago. While the chalets that are let to holidaymakers are similar in appearance regardless of size, each of the trailer homes has become very unique, and some are still evolving. Most have been imaginatively extended, and many have gardens. At least one is a standard caravan that has been boxed in with a wooden structure with the addition of an extension that has doubled its floor area.
When looking at the individuality of the trailer homes the innovation of the owners stands out. None of the owners have been satisfied with the concept of a basic trailer. It has obviously taken many years and a great deal of work to transform the basic into something special. The end results look very rewarding, although there is obviously an ongoing requirement for maintenance.
Looking at the way that the trailers on the Hafsten site have changed, the thought occurred to me that when we first commit to following Jesus we are like basic trailers. Sadly, some of us stay that way, but that is not what God intended. There are only ‘mature’ trailers at Hafsten, each of them very individual. But what does it take to become more than basic? Commitment, investment, and a lot of hard work, plus ongoing maintenance. The end result in each case? Something unique to be proud of, something functional, and something that is pleasing to the eye. Looking at these wonderful trailers I know that I need to question what God sees when He looks at me. And I need to find out what work He can help me undertake to make this trailer into one where He is happy to live all year round.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV)