We are travelers in a foreign land.
As Christ-followers, we are citizens of God’s kingdom. We step onto the open road anticipating God’s handiwork. The mindset of a traveler opens our eyes to appreciate the stunning world around us.
I have experienced an unimaginable depth of freedom when galloping horses over rolling hills into the brilliant panorama of a Montana sunset. I’ve glimpsed God’s beauty in a sunbeam that pierced the subterranean world of pristine groundwater pools in the Yucatan. I’ve stood speechless in His power and His might at the base of a thundering waterfall in remote Thailand.
From Spring’s first tulip to the uniqueness of every snowflake, we savor the journey’s beauty. Our 3rd rock from the sun is an amazing place. Boredom and a jaded heart are not in the traveler’s lifestyle.
In my awe of creation, intense love for God bursts forth from unknown depths within our souls. The shift of perspective ushers us from a heavily burdened life to one that embraces the freedom to explore. When we develop a traveler’s mindset for our journey here on earth, we release burdens God did not intend for us to carry and instead pick up his divine purposes for our days.
Come travel with me to many corners of the world.
Why? Because we travel with a purpose. A change in mindset frees us to embrace abundant life in Christ.
To share the beauty and art and magnificence of life, I’m starting a new “We Are Travelers” series here as well as on my instagram (@sharonrhoover) and Twitter accounts. The photos are from my travels over the years. They emerge out of the abundance and richness of life in Christ.
The adventure of faith can easily become overshadowed by the mundane to-do’s of everyday life. Yet we yearn for so much more. I hope the photos encourage and inspire as we explore the diversity and abundance of God’s gifts in our world, both near and far.
Here are the first three in the series… (Subsequent pictures will all be in the Photo Gallery).
From my travels many years ago: The Old City in Jerusalem. I am in awe of the depths of human history.
From our recent visit with ministry partners, Austin and Sinte House of Farthest Corners: Thi Lo Su Waterfall in Thailand. Exotic flora shelter the winding path to the falls. So different from life at home.
In Fairfax (Virginia), the hummingbirds love the Spring day lillies. God’s handiwork is on display a mere five feet from my front door. No passport required.