A Change of Scenery

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Well, my husband and I just got back from vacation in South Carolina.  After Lent, Holy Week and Easter, a Pastor is ready for some R and R.  We got to visit with our daughter who lives there, and mainly it was a week of sleeping in a bit, reading, watching TV and eating out.  Most of those things we could just as easily do at home.  However, a change in location seems to take your mind off of the everyday and give your brain a chance to reset and refocus.

As we were driving home, I noticed how many vehicles from other states I saw on the highway.  I saw cars and trucks, semis and vans.  They were from Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Massachusetts, Maine, Quebec and more.  They were carrying bikes and motorcycles, boats and luggage, even a carnival ride!  A lot of Americans seem to be looking for a change of scenery.  Some of them are probably moving, some are working, some are running away or running to something, and others are probably just vacationing like we were.

Isn’t it good to know that no matter where we go or how hard we run there is Someone who always goes with us?  We have a God who “tabernacles” or “tents” among us.  Listen to these words from Psalm 139:

“Where shall I go from your Spirit?

Or where shall I flee from your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, you are there!

If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.”

Tonight I’m giving thanks for the God who is always with me (and you) no matter how far we go.  Happy Traveling!

 

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About jculler1972

My husband is the pastor of St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church in Leitersburg, Maryland. I have two grown daughters and a granddaughter and am retired after a career in Purchasing. I have published articles in The Lutheran Ambassador, Lutheran Witness, and Lutheran Digest. My Bible study on the Book of Acts was recently published by the Women's Missionary Federation of the AFLC(Association of Free Lutheran Churches) in 2017

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