Yesterday I got back from my trip to South Africa. If you have never been there and traveling is your thing, then you need to add SA to your bucket list! Without exaggerating, I can say that South Africa is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. The country has an incredible diversity of things to see, there are mountains and beaches, cities and mud hut villages. South Africa is also a rich place for culture, with 11 official languages and peoples from all over the world.
Here are some pictures from the trip.
While I was there, I had one of those moments when you realize the obvious and it changes your whole point of view. I’m sure you’ve had one of those experiences before, it happens when your looking at something familiar from a different angle or in a different light. When something previously missed stands out to you, providing a new depth to what was so normal.
When this small realisation hit me it adjusted my world view and gave me a deeper love and wonder for my God, Who has done greater things than I previously had realized. Isn’t that how it goes though? Often in my relationship with God, I find myself in a place where I had completely underestimated or misunderstood him.
No matter who you are or how careful we try to be, faults expectations/ideas about God always seem to pop up. Just look at church history, over the years there have been many ideas about God that came to popularity, but were later shown to be incorrect. This imperfection on our part is not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just one of the realities of being a human. The nature of the beast, as the saying goes. And how can you blame us for not understanding everything? After all, God is an infant being who can speak physics into existence, while many of us temporal beings can’t even understand math. Now please don’t get the idea that I’m suggesting it’s “ok” to have any idea about God you want, that would be a great mistake. God is not a fantasy, he is a fact, he is not a preference, he is a being, and so he must be treated as such. God has not left us in the dark either, he has shown himself to us through his son, word, and creation. So, even though he is beyond our understanding he has been revealed, allowing us to know him. This is one of my favorite paradoxical things about God, the incomprehensible explains himself, that unearthly spiritual superpower has comes to earth, the unknowable say’s hello.
As we get to know God, we by default, learn more things about him. Consequently, as time goes on, what was once new and exciting becomes normal. There is a tendency, at this point, for us to fall into complacency and we want to avoid that. Because, the moment we think or act like we completely understand God, is the moment we have stopped looking at him.
So, keep your mind open and your eye awake, as you walk with God. Because, if you think that God is amazing, wonderful, or that being in a relationship with him is the best part of life. Hold on, you have barely scratched the surface.