This week’s blog article appears below, but first I want to announce the winner of Kathy Collard Miller’s book drawing from last week: Judy Morrow! Judy, you won a copy of Never Ever Be the Same. Please send Kathy your mailing address. KathyCollardMiller@gmail.com Thanks to you and all others for participating in the drawing.
. . . hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 1 Timothy 6:17 NIV
As my husband and I looked through some old photo albums recently we were reminded of a special getaway we shared years ago when we had totally run out of energy for another day and were nearly broke as well! But then God provided as he always does.
“I need a vacation,” I said one morning. “I’m exhausted.”
My husband looked up from the paper. “I’ve been thinking the same thing. But we’d have to do it on a budget,” he apologized.
That statement dampened my enthusiasm a bit but I still wanted to go. “How about a couple of days in Death Valley?”
Two weeks later we were on the road. When we arrived at the campground we headed for the Visitor Center right away. The ranger handed us a map and guide booklet with directions to all the sites. Over the next three days I was struck by the incredible hand of God all around us––from sand dunes on the floor of the Valley to snow-capped peaks forming tall boundaries, and majestic tree trunks swirled by time and wind. My exhaustion lifted as God replaced it with a sense of wonder.
We also visited a ghost town on the Nevada border. Only a few brick and mortar walls remained of what once had been a bustling community of gold prospectors.
“What a contrast,” I remarked. “God’s creation surpasses time. But look what happens to man’s efforts.” I pointed to the broken windows and weed-strewn roads. It was no surprise that God wants us to find our riches and rest in Him.
We drove back to the campground in silence. That night we crawled into our tent, tired but content. As we gazed at the sea of stars overhead and listened to the wind whipping the branches of the tree outside we were aware of God’s presence in a totally new way. We had come to this place on a budget––but we’d return home rich in the gifts of the Lord.