He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul. . . .
— Psalm 23:2, 3b
My Beloved has occasionally expressed a yen to go camping. Oh, to be as one with Nature! To live off the land! To commune with God’s creation in self-sustaining, low-carbon-footprint (hint: low-cost) style.…
And it was a river that I could not pass over. . . .
— Ezekiel 47:5
Next time I have a chance to be in excruciating pain and humiliate myself as the Kayak Klutz of the Wild Wild West, I’m going to do it on the Stillwater River in south-central Montana near the sparkling town of Absarokee.
And when ye will offer a sacrifice
of thanksgiving unto the Lord,
offer it at your own will.
— Leviticus 22:29
You know how cool and sophisticated you feel when you get to travel on business? For many of us, it’s a treat. For others, it’s no big deal. But whether you’re a newbie or a veteran,
He that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.
— Proverbs 14:29b
We should have known it was going to be one of “those” trips. We couldn’t even get the name of our destination right. We told everybody that we were going to “Walt Disney World” where we would visit “The Magic Kingdom.”
Our relatives who live in Orlando laughed like crazy when we used those terms.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience
the race that is set before us. . . .
— Hebrews 12:1