Linda and Bill Center, past residents of Baldwin County, sailing on the Viking Sun cruise ship in 2019. A year later, they discovered Bill had stage four pancreatic cancer. God’s grace and faithfulness spared Bill from unceasing pain and suffering and took him quickly to his heavenly home.

By Linda Ray Center

I remember a time before Covid, when a tragic announcement on our cruise ship, the Viking Sun, blasted over the intercom. Passengers on Viking’s sister ship, the Viking Star was taking in forty-five degree water off the Norwegian coast. Their engine room had flooded, and they were air lifting passengers off the ship. As I prayed for the Viking Star passengers, my favorite scripture came to mind. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) His presence on vacation gave me a keen sense of His protection over the passengers and myself.

Through it all, I had no fear. God promises to be close to all who call on Him. His Word to me is better than travel insurance.
Many of us are making vacation plans again, but how many people will take God along too?

Vacations can serve as a spark plug with our communion with the Creator. Use this time to be restored and charged physically and emotionally, but also spiritually. Don’t miss the chance to see the works of His hands, claim His promises, and listen to His truths. Even though vacations can be a busier time than our daily routine, the Lord promises if we seek Him with all our heart, we will find Him, no matter where we are. King David did. He sought and thirsted for the presence of God everywhere he went.

The Lord blesses our faithfulness when we encounter Him. Take part in what He has created for us. On vacation, start your day with a simple conversation with God. Thank you, Lord, for this time with family, friends, and your presence. Could you open my eyes to your beauty and wonder? May you be in the middle of everything I say and do. Don’t let me forget your faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
How do you impact God’s glory while visiting other places or on vacation?

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