Psalm 37:29 “The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.”
It’s amazing how a faraway trip can change your perspective. I have recently returned from a 13-day trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, and Alaska. The wow factor for me included the immensity and power of the ocean, the beauty of the Hubbard and Mendenhall Glaciers, and the wonderfully cool temperatures of the area. Being almost totally unplugged was a great thing, too! And quality time with my husband, brother, and sister-in-law had immeasurable value.
I won’t lie. While I pondered God’s massive and beautiful Creation, I also saw a microcosm of the world at various ports, airports, and on the cruise ship. I couldn’t help but think of the many people missing the grace of God for plenty of reasons – distracted by great wealth and/or cultural pressures of various kinds.
I am thankful that God reminded me of His “otherness” and majesty on this trip. I needed that. He reminded me that He is faithful to purify the faith of His people. That He will open our eyes in various ways to give us fresh spiritual vision. That He will reveal to us the distractions that interrupt our worship of Him. Thankful that the view from the ship definitely knocked the apathy out of me, I couldn’t help but be in awe of the Creator Himself. That He would prick my heart to be anything but lukewarm. That He would show me His magnificent power. That He would reveal His creative genius through the expanse of the sea. That He would reveal how like dust I am (a bit of motion sickness reminded me). That He would open my ungrateful heart to the great gifts of family togetherness, the generosity of my husband, and the opportunity to see a part of Creation that I may never see again.
The tremendous Canadian and Alaskan sights can only be a foretaste of what our Great God has prepared for His children in the land where we will dwell with Him forever.
John 14:2-4 “In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”