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I'm back home, jet lagged of course, so I'm awake in the middle of the night thinking about the whirlwind of my vacation. I haven't spent much time contemplating all the wonders that I have seen. As I've rushed from location to location the events that have transpired just days ago already seem like distant dreams: vague memories of the staterooms on the ship, the historical sites, the beautiful skylines and the glorious foods fill my mind.
I'm already forgetting details that passed between my ears only to be let go without a thought as I pushed on to the next great thing. But the things I linger on most are the meals spent with family and friends, the miles walked through foreign streets together, the glorious sights we beheld in wonder together. I often fail to appreciate my family and friends until I find myself at home, in bed, alone in the darkness of a quiet night.
That's when I remember to thank God for the things He's given me: the opportunities, the memories, the grace, the love. I have no choice but to praise God for the wonders he has created throughout this world. Though I take them for granted or I let them pass by the narrow blinders of my small world without a thought, I thank God for them.
And I think about the other people I've seen too. The people of Greece, Egypt and Turkey live in countries steeped in history, culture and religion, yet they are equally lost without the knowledge of the one true God. I can't help but wonder what God's plan for them is.
I fear that as the night pulls me into slumber and the blur of errands, tasks, action items and to-dos greets me again in the morning, I will lose sight of all these things, but I guess the only thing I can do about it right now is pray.
Posted 10/17/2008 05:30 AM in Prayers, Ramblings, Travel | Total Comments: (1)
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Good luck with the jet lag...
...and welcome back!
Submitted by Dan on 10/17/2008 09:40 AM