Enjoy God's earth

Recently, I came across a few discussions on social media about travel. I was surprised to see that so many Christians believe that if you travel, your travel should always be tied to mission trips/fields. And those who are thinking about doing it say they feel guilty for desiring to do it.  Others say that it opens them up to temptation that they would never experience if they were in the "christian" cliques! I was never ready for that!

How did we get to a point of demonising everything?

The Bible says, "The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it". Psalm 24:1. The Earth and people are God's beautiful creations. Through these, God is able to teach us, speak to us, and provide for us.

Walker Percy puts it this way: "To travel is to meditate on God’s blessings and His rich creation; it is to experience his faithfulness and  trust him in ways you just can’t do in the comforts of your own culture and comfort zone. At times it can even be an act of worship."

I completely agree with him! Travel inspires and educates in a ways that build character and develop people's skills naturally.

We were never called to isolate ourselves, especially from the very people we should be reaching. Jesus met and ministered to everybody.

And Percy continues to say, "We are God’s creatures, commanded to take joy and pleasure in the multi-facetedness of his goodness (“taste and see…” Psalm 34:8).

The beauty  on this planet is incredible and something only a Supreme Being could've created. Thank You, God!

I love to travel. And my travels have allowed me to experience different cultures, traditions and lifestyles. I have appreciated a sunset because I have seen with my own eyes that not all sunsets look the same. I have had my breath taken away from architecture, people. I have sat and slowly enjoyed a sip of drinks and I have taken early morning strolls through the beaches.

Every time I experience such thing, I am thinking: GLORIOUS! How excellent Lord is your name. To see His Glory through people and thinks that people have created is pure bliss.

And still, I've also been exposed to the emptiness of many people's lives without God in a real way. This has affirmed me in so many ways and has taught me gratitude. And also to find opportunities. Mel Fletcher, one of the most brilliant minds of our time says,

I encourage you Christian women to take the time and enjoy God's earth. See His Glory, Beauty, Majesty. God made all this for your pleasure. Soak it in with gratitude.

When you return home, you will have more than memories. I know you would  have been changed for good, and those changes enlighten every area of our life.

Now, the question is: when there is so much to experience in the world, why would we want to stay home?

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands - Psalm 19:1