The God of travel - Italy - John Van Sloten

May 31, 2009

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWhat can God teach us about himself through our journeying passions?

And how blessed all those in whom you live, whose lives become roads you travel;
They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks, discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain!
God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and at the last turn—Zion! God in full view!
Psalm 84:5-7, MSG

“If our lives are dominated by a search for happiness, then perhaps few activities reveal as much about the dynamics of this quest – in all its ardor and paradoxes – than our travels. They express, however inarticulately, an understanding of what life might be about...”
(Italics mine) p9 The Art of Travel

"Our capacity to draw happiness from aesthetic objects or material goods in fact seems critically dependent on our first satisfying a more important range of emotional or psychological needs, among them the need for understanding, for love, expression and respect. Thus we will not enjoy - we are not able to enjoy - sumptuous tropical gardens and attractive wooden beach huts when a relationship to which we are committed abruptly reveals itself to be suffused with incomprehension and resentment."
(Italics mine) p25, The Art of Travel

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"
The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:9, MSG

“What he wanted was to give the mundane it’s beautiful due”
(From a Tribute to Writer John Updike)

Homework is to read The Art of Travel, by Alain De Botton

1. What makes travel so good? Try to identify the good human passions and desires that travel evokes. Be specific.

2. Why do you think God made you with those passions and desires? Can you imagine how these same yearnings might operate in relation to him?

3. Given the fact that we’re made in the image of God (in a way made like him), what do these yearnings teach us about what God is like?

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