Travel Prep

Travel is an intimate companion.

Together—travel and I—racked up a million miles on one airline, most likely a million miles on the joint use of other airlines, wore out over a dozen cars, and driven a gazillion miles in rent cars.

In the company of travel, I camped under the stars, stayed in a few luxurious hotel rooms, and spent countless nights in low budget hotels.

In route, we ate multiple times my weight in fast food and at the tables of restaurants.

I am weary from travel.

questionroadThere is only one trip left on my proverbial “bucket list.”

With great anticipation, I look forward to my trip to God’s restored garden.

More than any other trip of the past, I want to plan well for the journey. I find it somewhat comical to think I can plan for a trip that is completely in God’s control and in His timing.

There is no date on the calendar for me to record my designated depart time. I cannot select the airport. All I know for certain—I will depart from somewhere on God’s earth.

Here is how I would describe the steps in my travel prep.

  1. God placed my soul under the care of my parents. They took seriously the responsibility entrusted to them.
  2. Then the day arrived. With the speed of the flip of a light switch, the reality hit me. I was now responsible for the care of my own soul. As time passed, my destiny moved from the influence of my parents to the decisions made in my own heart.
  3. I still remember the week when I made the decision, “I’m in.” On the first day of the following week, I entered into a covenant with Jesus by following Him into His death, burial, and resurrection, within the waters of baptism.
  4. Since that day with highs and lows, mistakes and victories, my attempt is to follow the king.
  5. Although—not being the brightest bulb in the room—I can see with age and reduced stamina my body is in decline.
  6. With each day, reality sharpens. Departure nears.
  7. I find myself at a reflective stage. I spend more time thinking about the important. At the same time, I feel a certain amount of frustration that I still must use time on responsibilities that are a part of earthly living but lack ultimate significance.
  8. In preparation for travel, I am attempting to know God at a deeper level. I feel the urgency to help others focus more of their lives on reality. Earth is to enjoy but it is a tragic mistake to attempt to do so without knowing God. Without God, I can mistakenly perceive life on earth as reality.
  9. As life is winding down, my major responsibilities and opportunities are for my wife, my daughter and son-in-law, my granddaughter, and my father-in-law.  I want to spend time with them and do whatever is within my power to bless their lives.
  10. I want to continue to simplify my life.
  11. I don’t want to focus on the journey to the point of not being useful to God on earth. I trust God to send assignments my way until departure time.
  12. While waiting for departure, I am still working on “God Speak.” Like other foreign language, I struggle with this one. On this one, I have an ace up my sleeve. Once in the garden, transformed into His likeness, I will speak it like a pro.

baggageUntil then—I will continue to pack and prepare.

Stay tuned. – Gary J. Sorrells

P.S. While waiting for God to call my final flight, I plan to enjoy peach ice cream, spicy enchiladas, and good coffee. Oh yes, there is also baseball, hamburgers, and good books.

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