Traveling with the Teachable Spirit

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Traveling with the Teachable Spirit

Traveling can open the perspective of the teachable spirit to the beauty of God’s creation and gratitude for His safety.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence comes my help. –Psalm 121:1 

Leavenworth, Washington, June 2014.

Leavenworth, Washington, June 2014.

Without doubt, I know that God has preserved me and my family during our travels.

My help comes from the LORD,  which made heaven and earth.

–Psalm 121:2

We had trouble finding the entrance to beach so we could walk to Haystack Rock, but it was definitely worth the effort, July 2014.

We had trouble finding the entrance to beach so we could walk to Haystack Rock, but it was definitely worth the effort, July 2014.

Whenever we get “lost” or end up taking longer than usual to reach our destination, or it simply does not seem to be working out the way we think it should, I simply say that God is keeping us from some disaster or He wants us to experience something at a particular moment.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keeps you will not slumber. –Psalm 121:3

Reminding myself that,

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD. –Psalm 37:23

A starfish waiting for the tide to return at Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon, July 2014.

A starfish waiting for the tide to return at Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon, July 2014.

I marvel at how the teachable spirit seemingly “ends up” in precisely the right spot at exactly the right time; for example, finding ourselves at Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach when the tide was exceedingly low. Could we have made it happen better if we had tried to calculate the tide?

Sleeping cat in a bookstore in Seaside, Oregon, July 2014.

Sleeping cat in a bookstore in Seaside, Oregon, July 2014.

Behold, he that keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. –Psalm 121:4

Sleeping provides the necessary refreshment for restoring energy to continue with traveling the next day. How comforting to consider that while the teachable spirit is sleeping, God is not.

As gorgeous as the picture is, it does not do justice to the sheer beauty of the Oregon coastline, July 2014.

As gorgeous as the picture is, it does not do justice to the sheer beauty of the Oregon coastline, July 2014.

The LORD is your keeper: the LORD is your shade upon your right hand. –Psalm 121:5

Traveling south along the Oregon Coast sitting in the passenger seat while my daughter drove meant that the right side of my face and neck caught the brunt of the sun along with my arms. Thankfully, I accepted the sunscreen my daughter brought with her.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. –Psalm 121:6

Is it possible for the teachable spirit to absorb that much beauty?

Honestly, there are no words to describe the contrast of the Oregon coastline juxtaposed against the forested hills; magnificent is the only word that comes to mind.

The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve your soul. –Psalm 121:7

The Astoria-Megler Bridge spanning the mouth of the Columbia River at Astoria, Oregon, July 2014.

The Astoria-Megler Bridge spanning the mouth of the Columbia River at Astoria, Oregon, July 2014.

Thankfully, I accept that God cares enough for me wherever I am on the planet to protect me from any harm.

The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. –Psalm 121:8

Traveling is a series of transitions, small moments in time difficult to grasp, passing through glorious creation that persists only in memory, shifting out of reality even as the teachable spirit passes through.

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