August has always been the traditional time for holidays. As a child I recall the week spent in either Perranporth or Carbis Bay in Cornwall. The journey seemed endless at times, especially as this was in the days before bypasses were thought of. It was the days of proper picnic baskets, and stopping in laybys to have your flask of tea.
Whether the roads are faster today or not, the journey can seem very long to an excited child longing to buy his or her new fluorescent bucket and spade, and to be the first to write their name on the sand each morning (yes we did use to get up and do that at 6am!)
As the journey proceeds the constant question is ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ and the continual answer ‘no!’ Eventually the questioning stops and a game of I-Spy begins as the car load of travellers take note of the beauty around.
On our journey of faith we may sometimes ask, ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ well I guess for most of us we have a long way to go. We are assured of the destination for those who believe. Yet for each one of us the earthly journey will be different . I wonder whether God is actually saying to us ‘Play a game of I-Spy, look at the beauty around. Yes keep heading towards the eternal destination, but don’t miss out on what I give you now!’
Whether you stay locally this August, maybe you don’t even venture out of your village, or if you travel many miles, play a game of I-Spy, and thank God for his glorious provision today.
Rev Michelle Ireland