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Topic: Australia or New Zealand (01/15/09)
TITLE: Australian Excitement
By christina matteson
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Instead, I chose Australia. So, we are going to board a plane, with 3 boys, all their luggage, and curiousity, and travel clear across the world, to Australia? You think I’m nuts, right? Partly, you are correct.
Let’s look at this, though.
Australia is filled with excitement and adventure. First, you have the desert of Australia.
We live in Michigan, so you must first understand, that for much of the year we have snow, snow, some sun in the summer, but mostly, snow. The thought of a desert, with snakes- now, that is excitement. Mostly, though; the desert reminds me much of the people in Australia- a dry people, with a great need of some water for their souls.
Australia is a beautiful country, with beautiful people, unfortunatly, the people are apathetic, and dry, needing a savior to bring some water to the dry, barren land in their hearts.
My heart is drawn to the country because of this, but then to think of the wildlife there. The dingo, okay- wild dog, we have those in Michigan, too, under a different name, yet there is so much more wildlife. Where else can you see the duck-billed platypus? One of God’s most amazing creatures, that baffles even the most skeptical scientists. The wonder of the koala, kangaroo, wombat, and the infamous Tazmanian devil, and to see them in their natural environment, is not only breathtaking, but it’s a once in a lifetime experience. Imagining already that the boys will chase them, or run from them. More likely they will think they are great hunters, on a wildlife expedition.
We often take our own cultures for granted. We take for granted the wonder that is surrounding us each and everyday, such as the people in Australia do.
So, while I’m taking my children on a vacation in Australia, for the excitement and adventure (okay, mini-mission trip) we forget that we could also stay home and have excitement, also. We are all on a wildlife expedition. Hunting for the cause of Christ, hunting for the souls of man that they might be tagged and marked for the cause of Christ.
We might not be able to come face to face with a koala, or watch the kangaroo bounce on its tail, but we can still fill a soul with the much needed Gospel of Christ, even here in Michigan. We do take for granted our own surroundings and many times think we need to leave our own surrounding in order to share the gospel and excite our souls.
So, while I would much rather choose Australia for it’s beauty, and excitement that to me, has been uncharted territory. There is still much uncharted territory and excitement in our own barren land, right here at home.
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