Discovering God in South Africa

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.

The beach in Port Elizabeth
Kruger national park

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.

2 thoughts on “Discovering God in South Africa

  1. When I behold a beautiful vista, or a majestic animal, my mind is in awe of the millions of years of continental drift, collisions, ice ages and evolution. It’s is down right emotional how we have sludged so far from the aboriginal ooze to have the natural world we have today. Unlike a created, unnatural world, my world is ruled by natural process.
    Nice to see you Dave. Sounds like a fascinating trip!

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    1. Hey Jim its been a while. How’s it going man?
      Im glad to see your still just as poetic as ever. Thanks for the thoughts about what you see when you look at the world. The world is an amazing place, that often leaves me in wonder. I think what I see when I look at our beautiful planet 🌎 is best summed up like this.
      “The heavens declare the glory of God;
          the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
      Day after day they pour forth speech;
          night after night they reveal knowledge.
      They have no speech, they use no words;
          no sound is heard from them.
      Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalms 19)
      Good to hear from you, like always. Talk to you latter.

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