On our recent cruise, my husband and I heard a tragic announcement on the Viking Sun. Viking’s sister ship, the Viking Sky had tilted forty-five-degrees in choppy waters off Norway’s western coast that led to engine trouble. The rocky seas resulted in a mayday call and rescue helicopters removed passengers off the ship.
As I prayed for the Viking Sky passengers, my favorite scripture came to mind. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) Knowing God was there gave me a keen sense of protection over the Viking Sky as well as our cruise ship. Many of us will be going on vacation soon, but how many people will take God along too?
Bill and I started our vacation in Sydney, Australia. The Viking Sun stopped in six different ports in Australia. From there we sailed eight days across the Indian Ocean to Mauritius, Madagascar and Mozambique. Two more days on the Mozambique Channel and we ended our cruise in Durbin, South Africa. From Durbin, we flew to Johannesburg and took a van to Kruger National Park to participate in a safari. 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.
Vacations can serve as a spark plug to communicate 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 to 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. God never goes on vacation.
Click the link below for footage taken by one of the passengers on the Viking Star on U-Tube.
Please add your experiences to the questions below. I enjoy hearing from you.
How could a vacation help you know and enjoy God more?
What do you do to keep God on your mind during your travels?