By Stephen Savage, Rector, Edge Anglican Claremont
Have you noticed how the world beckons the traveller? This school holiday season, you may be heading off far afield, or at least know someone else who is. Whether it’s a day trip, an overnight campout, a tour of this great state of Tasmania, or a ‘round the world’ adventure, travelling is more possible today than ever before.
The world is a much smaller place than it used to be especially since the advent of the Internet. Now we can experience virtual travel with Google Earth zooming in on different parts of the globe without even leaving home. We watch programs on the telly which present us with enticing snippets of exotic locations and even give us super deals on accommodation and travel costs.
Recently, my wife and I renewed our love of camping and look forward to taking the 4×4 into remote areas to experience those hard-to-get-to places. Whatever your preference, travelling is a major part of our life, and of course a multimillion dollar industry.
Humans have always travelled. It’s the way God made us, and since God’s command in Genesis 1 to ‘fill the earth and subdue it’, that’s what we’ve done. We’ve walked, run, ridden, driven or flown to arrive at our destination. We’ve been nomads, emigrants, refugees, explorers and missionaries. Part of being human means we travel.
There’s another dimension to travelling though. Have you ever considered how you might be travelling spiritually? Maybe you’ve started to question whether there is a destination after this life or not. Or maybe you’ve been travelling a long time and become disillusioned?
The Bible speaks of the followers of the living God (Christians) as being aliens. Not the ‘outer space’ type, but those who are resident yet longing for and looking forward to home which is the new heaven and the new earth.
God’s promise is this new home will come when Jesus returns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus’ friend Peter looks forward to it when he writes, “But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” (As found in the Bible, Peter’s second letter, Chapter 3)
I hope that as you continue travelling you might discover some fantastic new places to visit, but more so I pray you might discover the God who made you in a new way, and that He might revitalise you and inspire you to live for Him.