Where will you travel in 2011?

Many people never travel because they put it off. Some people plan to see a lot of the places in the United States before they travel to a foreign destination. And most of these people never travel anywhere much. I don’t know how many times I have told someone that there is no way to drive to Israel and the other Bible lands. Young couples spend money to take skiing trips and other vacations, but they never think about saving to travel to the Holy Land. Usually they do not go.

An old truck at Wilkeson, Washington. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

An old truck at Wilkeson, Washington. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The Northern Pacific Railroad opened a sandstone quarry in Wilkeson, Washington, in the last quarter of the 19th century. The little town with a population of about 400 is now practically a ghost town and one of the entries near Mount Rainier. There are several old buildings and vehicles left from the last century or earlier.

Wilkeson shows us what can happen to a town, a church, a school, or other organization, or even an individual when we allow the life to ebb away. The guy in the old truck isn’t going anywhere.

Where are you going this year? I hope you will understand this in a spiritual way, as well as thinking about literal travel.

8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. (Romans 13:8-11 ESV)

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