I recently returned from a road trip through South Dakota. We explored the Black Hills on winding, tree-lined highways and snapped pictures of rock formations while I contemplated the lessons I learned from my travels.
What is built on rock endures. Gutzon Borglum carved Rushmore into the granite of a mountainside. The memorial to our nation’s leaders has endured decades of driving rain and lashing winds. God tells us when we build our lives on the rock of faith, we will endure the decades of life’s storms and challenges. We succeed by building our lives on truth, trust, and commitment -- the foundations that last.
It’s a long, hard walk to the top. We joined the Volksmarch at Crazy Horse Mountain and hiked almost six miles over rough terrain, struggled up steep mountain trails, and finally enjoyed the view from the outstretched arm of the Crazy Horse carving. Life is often like that climb: exhausting, difficult, and dangerous; but if we persevere, we are rewarded for our efforts with a greater view of God’s purpose.
Some mysteries will never be explained. At the Cosmos Mystery Area, trees lean sideways, cabin walls slant crookedly, tennis balls roll uphill, water defies gravity and pools in odd formations. No one can explain why this place is strange. No one can understand why some events occur. Only God knows the wisdom of his greater plan, and we will never comprehend all the mysteries of his ways.
Enjoy time with family and friends. The best part of any journey is exploring new roads and sharing experiences with our traveling companions. In South Dakota, I most enjoyed sitting with my family near the campfire at night, talking about our adventures of the day, and planning new excitement for the next. I am grateful for the people who share my life. I know I still have much to learn, and I’m looking forward to everything the road ahead reveals.
This summer, I pray you discover wonderful new vistas. Know God is always with you on your travels.
What have you learned on a trip or time away? What do you look forward to discovering in the future?