Under the Helmet

I just returned from a three week, almost 6,000-mile motorcycle vacation with my wife. We went South from Kansas into Texas and along the border into Southern California. Then up the Pacific Coast Highway into Victoria, British Columbia. Then back into the United States to Idaho down through the mountain states and back home.

I have mentioned on here before how we all need to do get away for some alone time. This is a Biblical concept as Jesus would often do this.

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16

Depending on the version you are reading, “lonely places” are also described as “desolate” or my favorite “wilderness”. I have had some of my most meaningful times with God while on a motorcycle “Under the Helmet” so to speak. You can spend hours in solitude talking and listening to Him while riding and it brings about a peace like no other. It was made even better this year while traveling deep in the desert Southwest. The terrain was rocky, and desert like with sparse brush and small mountains. The terrain was not unlike that of Jesus day and you could almost imagine him going off to one of the small hillsides in the early morning to pray. It was a special few days of traveling those roads spending time in prayer with God. As beautiful as that scenery was it got even more beautiful as we swung up the coast.

Paul talks of God revealing Himself in the things that have been made.

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:19-20

Each days drive up the coast was more stunning and majestic than the day before. From the incredible views of the ocean and coast to the giant redwood forests. All I could think of was how majestic is our God. The more I thought of that word majestic I started to remember Psalm 8.

O Lord , our Lord, how majestic is your
name in all the earth! You have set your
glory above the heavens.

2 From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise because of
your enemies, to silence the foe and the
avenger.

3 When I consider your heavens, the
work of your fingers, the moon and the
stars, which you have set in place,

4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

5 You made him a little lower than the
heavenly beings and crowned him with
glory and honor.

6 You made him ruler over the works of
your hands; you put everything under
his feet:

7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of
the field,

8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the
sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord , our Lord, how majestic is your
name in all the earth!

David understood. When looking at the universe, the stars and all the beauty of everything that God had created it was just unbelievable to him that God who created the universe cared about him. And that’s how I felt each day looking out on His creation. Who am I that he would care about me? But he does care, and he cares about all of us. The thing is, you don’t have to go on a three-week vacation to see this. You can see it each morning with the sunrise or each evening with the sunset. After a cooling rain watching a rainbow. Just look out the window or go outside and see all the beauty He has created. And then you can say along with David, Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name.

Do you know Jesus Christ? Would you like to know just how much he cares about you? If you want to talk about how you can have a relationship with Him and have a peace like no other, just click the Contact Me link at the top of the site page and I’d be happy to talk with you.

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