One of my goals for this blog is to inspire new adventure. What really motivates me to travel is getting to know this world a little better and in turn, getting to know the one who created it a little better as well. I try not to get too cheesy with my content, but when prepping for a trip, equipping yourself spiritually is just as important as equipping yourself with any knowledge or luggage. Of all the abundant travel resources out there, I’ve found that scripture is severely lacking from the list. To remedy that, here is my absolute favorite scripture for travel.
I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me!
The psalmist is not only referring to temporarily residing in a foreign country, but also temporarily residing on earth. When traveling, of course I resonate with the reference to sojourning in a foreign land. However, I really I love this verse because it parallels traveling and the meaning of life. Just as I feel excitement and wonder from traveling in a foreign land, so should I enjoy life every day as I am just passing through.
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
Here, Paul is encouraging the church of Ephesus: God himself chose us before he even created the world! For me, the biggest draw to travel is seeing. I will never get tired of seeing a new sunset, city, or landscape. I can hardly grasp that before any of these amazing sights were even formed, God was thinking of me.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Have you read about my taxi cab nightmare in Costa Rica? Then you know how difficult this verse can be for travelers. But, seeing as Jesus himself said it, I try to keep this verse in mind on any adventure.
Psalm 139: 7
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
Hint: nowhere. Even though the psalmist King David was forced to travel and hide for his life, he still marveled at the inescapable presence of God. While I actually want to wander and find hidden destinations, it’s comforting to know that there is nowhere I can go that God cannot.
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
The gospel of John starts from the very beginning: God created. While abroad I easily get lost marveling at the genius of ancient architecture or the complexity of a modern cityscape. And yet human creation was made possible through God. My favorite travel moments are typically in nature, the ones that leave me in complete awe of the brilliance of God.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I was three months old the first time I rode a plane, not to mention that both of my parents were aviators- flying shouldn’t be on my list of fears. And it wasn’t, until an incredibly stormy landing on an incredibly small plane sometime in high school. You know it is bad when even the flight attendant looks terrified. Since finding Jesus, when things get turbulent I now look to this verse instead of my onboard stewards.
I hope that you carry these verses with you on your next adventure! If you have any to add, I would love to know your favorite scripture for travel in the comments.