I was reading the Word this morning, my schedule having me committed to reading one of my least favorite Books, Ecclesiastes. While reading I spent time rolling my eyes and shaking my head at the verses and Solomon's thought patterns, and trying to stay on track, and I suddenly was "out there", my brain wandering. I honestly can't remember which verse tugged me this direction, but I suddenly thought "why do I always want to go places... why do I struggle when I'm sitting at home for such a long stretch?" Then I remembered. My personal slogan for life, in place many years ago, was:
Go new places, see new things, meet new people.
That's it. Even though it's not all connected to trips to other parts of the world, and I LOVE my house, and I've experienced a lot of those elements here on trips around the States, I most often think of my international wanderings. So...
that's why I enjoyed Costa Rica, was excited when visiting England, lived happily [most of the time] in Uganda and absolutely marveled at Morocco. Lots and lots of wonderful sights and sounds. Sweet, caring people. Creative thinking and plans. Innovations to fit into life as it's moving forward. Coming up with ways to share the Lord without bringing His name into the mix, but simply showing concern and love.
When I'm home, trapped in the everyday routines of life, it is easy for me to become bored and feel I simply don't fit. Yes, I realize "God is bigger" and I am content to walk on the path He has chosen for me. I never consider it an option to be disobedient to His will for me at any moment. But I do look forward to the times when He opens a new, unwalked-upon path for me to begin a jaunt ... and can live my motto:
go new places, see new things, meet new people.