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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Great Expectations (not about the book) (08/25/11)

TITLE: Tripping
By Sydney Avey


I have the travel bug. It’s a recurring condition. If my real estate is in heaven then the house I occupy in the Sierra Nevada foothills is merely my vacation home, a place to enjoy scheduled down time while I repack my roller bag of with fresh anticipation of what I might find on a foreign shore.

People travel for many reasons that dictate their destinations. Whether we travel for business or pleasure, we can look for purpose in the pilgrimage or adventure aspect of a trip. We can find inspiration in a recuperative or rejuvenating moment. Our travel journals might overflow with glory stories – accounts of people we meet in our travels who make space for God to perform His glorious deeds. That is a sight to see.

I’m inspired by nineteenth century English preacher Charles Spurgeon, who wrote in the Morning and Evening devotional:

“God is their portion, Christ their companion, the Spirit their comforter, earth their lodge and heaven their home.”

I have lodges to visit all over the world! If my citizenship is in heaven then I am a tourist in this world. I need to pay closer attention to my itinerary.

Even a business meeting can turn into an adventure. After a particularly intense team training event in Mexico City, my boss flipped off a comment about my poor driving skills. At lunchtime the trainer explained that we would be getting into cars and heading to a local restaurant. “Look for a way to do something out of the box,” she instructed us. We trooped down to the basement garage and gathered around our Mexican host’s brand new SUV.

While I was thinking about what adventurous new food I might try to satisfy the challenge, our host upped the ante. He made a dramatic presentation of his car keys to me. My heart tripped over a vision of his car crashed on the unfamiliar streets of a city where intersections have no stop signs. He smiled and placed the keys in my hand. My boss paled and took a seat in the very back of the vehicle.

I don’t know what was more exhilarating – the trust our host placed in me, playing dodge ball with a car on the city streets or the new respect I got from my boss. The adventure gave me confidence to try things that scare me. The glory story was the risk our gracious host took to put me in a good light. The return was strengthened relationships.

I’m retired from the corporate world now. God is my travel agent. The portions are immeasurable, the companionship sweet, the care first class, the lodgings to die for, and the ultimate destination paradise.

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C D Swanson 09/02/11
I loved the stories, especially the ending...Clearly the Lord is the best, nothing and no one compares to Him. God Bless
Linda Goergen09/06/11
Enjoyed this! Made me think God gave us the keys to this vehicle (our body), His loved creation, that he put our soul into and trusts us to go forth on some meaningful adventures before we head for our final destination!! If we just trust God’s expectations for us, it can surly lead to some joyful living and adventures!! Good job on this!
Cheryl von Drehle09/06/11
Creative rendering of the topic: lots of expectations here…yours, others, God’s… and the juxtaposition of Spurgeon’s quote and your last line is perfect.