Journey To The Frozen North… In The Middle Of Summer :: My Alaska Journal (Day Five)

Day Five

It’s Thursday, I think it’s day five. There’s a temptation to grow accustomed to whatever environment you find yourself in. I imagine this is part of getting comfortable and I’m sure on some level it’s helpful, but it’s also kind of a bummer. Each day that passes I find myself a little more used to my surroundings here and the landscape instills a little less wonder and awe than it did yesterday.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still quite impressed every time I look out at those mountains and think of the mighty hand of God that carved them out. But I can already tell that if I was here for even a few weeks longer it probably wouldn’t even phase me. Like a picture you hang on a conspicuous wall in your house. You notice it every time you walk by for about a week and then it becomes background noise. I hate that. I genuinely hate the thought that before too long I could be sitting here thinking, “What’s that noise? Oh, it’s just a few bald eagles soaring over a majestic mountain top while seals and otters fish for salmon in the river below. No big deal.” I hate it, but I know its true. I can already feel it.

I am praying that God would awaken me to see His glory in the place that I live again. That I would see Florida as if it was the first time I had ever been there and that, maybe, I could even find a way to live amazed everyday. Not always dependent upon new experiences and surroundings to draw out of me the awe and wonder that our Creator’s handiwork deserves.


About rmashaw

I am a Christ-follower, husband, father, pastor, musician and artist who desries to open up the box of my life for others to rummage through and perhaps find something of use to them.
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2 Responses to Journey To The Frozen North… In The Middle Of Summer :: My Alaska Journal (Day Five)

  1. Tandy Hammond says:

    This happened to me the last time we got out of our own context. When we came home I did look around with renewed eyes. I took pictures of things that I some how grow to notice no longer… I was shocked at what I had been missing!

    • rmashaw says:

      I have been trying to do this better, but the snake laying right outside my garage this morning didn’t help out too much…
      Nor did the insane heat and humidity while I was cutting the grass yesterday. But on the bright side it was very bright and sunny with clear skies 🙂

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