‘Wrestling…’ – Post #5

Like Travel, You Never Remain the Same

The World Is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
~ Saint Augustine of Hippo.

     I’ve been writing about spiritual ‘wrestling’ recently. In Post #2 I discussed the biblical story in Genesis about Jacob wrestling with an angel of God, refusing to let go until he received God’s blessing.

     I was never the same. He not only emerged with a limp, but a new name. In the same way, whenever we have been through a season of spiritual ‘wrestling,’ our soul’s identity is changed forever.

     Travel for me has a similar effect.

     I certainly am not a worldwide traveler, but I have traveled enough to realize you never come home the same. You always return with a piece of the place you’ve been imbedded in your heart and mind. Unless disability steals them, you will never lose the memory of

     having been there,

          having seen this,

               having done that.

     My husband isn’t as eager to travel as I am, but he’s by far my favorite travel partner for many reasons. One of the main ones is I love the way Ron captures memories with his camera.

     Since many of you have told me how much you enjoy Ron’s photographs, I decided to do a few posts filled with photos and memories of our recent trip to Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area.

     I hope you’ll enjoy the photos with accompanying thoughts.

My friend, Patty, assured me using the Metro was a great way to get around Washington, D. C., so Ron and I set out to navigate the city via Metro. It was quite an experience. By the end of the second day, we felt like pros (well, almost!).

I’m certain we had “Tourist” written all over us, and more than once, we were pleasantly surprised by the willingness of locals to take time and ask if they could help us! What a great example they were. Their graciousness will remind us to assist the stranger.

I’ve enjoyed reading several books by Mark Batterson, pastor of a large church in D. C. His faith is contagious. One of the faith ventures he describes was opening Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse. Going there was one of my D. C. destination goals.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 tells Christians to “encourage one another and build each other up.” Mark Batterson’s words, spoken and written, have encouraged many.

In his book, The Circle Maker, Batterson said one of his favorite places to pray is on the rooftop of Ebenezer’s. After enjoying an iced green tea (too warm that day for coffee) at Ebenezer’s, I felt inspired to pray that I will be a woman who is faithful to encourage and build up rather than one who discourages and finds fault.

Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse is a few blocks away from Union Station, a famous travel hub, filled with rich history, amazing architecture, and noisy energy.

“May you keep dreaming until the day you die. May imagination overtake memory. May you die young at a ripe old age.” 

Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears

Our plan was to visit three museums when we were in D.C. Instead, we ended up spending an entire day at the Museum of the Bible. Opened in 2017, it is considered one of the ten best museums in D.C. We recommend it!

Because I treasure scripture, I wondered if I’d be disappointed in the Museum, but in fact, my faith in God and the Bible intensified as we took in wonders on all five floors. Each explored a different aspect of the Bible and biblical history, such as this Orthodox work of art.

Modern technology allows words from the Bible to be spread all over the world, reminding me of the ancient words of Isaiah…

Yes, grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God endures forever.” (Isaiah 40:8 GNT)

Blessings on wherever life’s journey takes you…

Sue Reeve

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