En Route to Atlanta and D.C.
I think I should be on the plane by now to my first destination - Atlanta, Georgia. I never pass up the opportunity to travel. Since my first serious road trip to Yosemite National Park two years ago, my life has never been the same. That trip convinced me that I needed to continually seek for a new, broader perspective of things.
I'm in Control
In my experience, all these travels have humbled me. Often in my daily life, because I get used to living it every single day, I take things for granted. Everything is so convenient - from the moment I open my eyes in the morning to the time I go back to slumber at night. I can calculate how many minutes I need to spend for each activity. Things are predictable. So I feel like in this personal universe of mine, I'm in control.
Broadening My Vision and My Heart
Traveling sets a new horizon, broadening my being in many ways. In my Yosemite trip, I was fully convinced, indeed all creation testified that "there is God" and that "God loves man." I mean think about those majestic mountains; the spectacular scenery was too impressive that it became eerie. BUT God chose to dwell within man's innermost being, man's spirit.
My heart was welled up with thanksgiving, love, and praises toward the God "who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that every one who believes into Him would not perish but would have eternal life" (John 3:16).
Another trip I had was to Chicago. This was a while back. That travel opened my spiritual eyes concerning the church. I stayed with a group of Christians who strove to follow the vision of God's purpose and goal in the midst of all their sufferings. Their standing as a testimony of Jesus in Chicago was not extravagant, but it was definitely shining gold. The church in Chicago was far from being just a piece of physical architecture. The church was the testimony of Jesus in that city.
I witnessed the God who operated behind the scenes, the God who worked all things together for good to those who love Him. And that good is His own heart's desire, His purpose - to build up His church (Matthew 16:18).
These are just few of many experiences that I have obtained through traveling. Long story short, traveling is healthy! It is especially beneficial when we get to meet and fellowship with Christians in these different places, who love the Lord and love His church like we do.