I think we all have precious memories from our childhood that come back to us at times. This is a brief journey into some of my early personal memories and life experiences. I loved to sing, and I've learned that is true of very many young people as I've lived out my years. My love of singing and music never faded as some early experiences do. I'd love to share with you a song that's part of those memories. It could be it will stir up some old sweet memories out of your heart. It's one I sang on stage in a school carnival when I was about 11 years old. I really don;t remember being nervous or sacred about getting up on stage but I do remember standing there and singing. Isn't it odd how just a tiny part of an event stays with us over the years? I've thought on that a lot. The actual memory of the even is cloudy, but the song and the lyrics stayed with me through many years as I was growing up and even more so now since I'm learning to look at life from the perspective of a newfound heavenly vision. In hindsight, I can now see a little deeper into the whole scenario.
I surely did remain one who dreamed of faraway and exciting places. The phrase "Places with strange sounding names" made me laugh as I thought on these years, because shortly after I sang this song, we moved to a place in Texas named Waxahachie. A a place with a strange sounding name! Mt dream journey was beginning and the song has proved to be prophetic.I have reflected often on the various life places I have discovered since I first heard and loved the song.
For many years I loved reading about these real places in the world in National Geographic magazine. I so enjoyed looking at all the great pictures of the cities of the world and it's people and creatures. I truly don't know if I'll ever see any of these places, but in the Lord I've enjoyed some exciting new places in life. Faraway from the dreams of my childhood.
Through the marvelous worldwide Web I began to connect with people who actually lived in these places, and I've enjoyed seeing the world and it's people and places. I've learned a lot from the experience. I don't travel, but I can have fun sitting in my house and seeing the world in pictures and stories of the adventures of many writers and friends. There really are some beautiful places in the world to discover.Here are a few amazing and interesting faraway places I've enjoyed on my WWW travels.
And now, all the treasures of truth I've found in the Holy Bible, that book I took from the shelf, have carried me by grace in the Spirit into faraway places which compare with places God carried Abraham,Isaac,Jacob,and even Jesus Christ through. Spiritual journeys through places of hard but productive wilderness and deserts, deep valleys of death and grieving, beautiful, lush places of rivers of healing waters and mountains of high, heavenly places of love and grace which were so faraway for so many years. Who would have thought it at 11 years old?
I am eternally grateful to have been carried through and then to this place I stand. Although for most of those years I didn't have a clue what the and of the story would look like. That's not to say the story is over and the end is here. I cling hard and fast to promises of God for my future. There are still many faraway places in the world to discover yet..
Through the incomprehensible mercies and works of God in the earth, there's always hope in life to find better places. The sooner we get wise and surrender all our old heart and life places to Jesus Christ, the sooner we will reach the destined and eternal high places!
Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
I pray that you who read will find that place of eternal salvation in Jesus Christ. Take the book from the shelf and seek the Lord. He will be found by those who seek him with the whole heart.