Revelation 21:10-11 – And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. (NIV)

    Let us probe the silent places,

    And the Wild is calling,
    Calling … let us go.

Ever since I was a student and read these words from The Call of the Wild by Robert Service, I'd wanted to travel and explore the north. Years have gone by, and my energy has lessened, but, this spring, my husband and I still managed to have a wonderful vacation in the Yukon. While there, I visited places where, at the turn of the twentieth century, over a hundred years ago, thousands of frantic explorers tramped through rough terrain from Skagway, Alaska, through the White Pass, and defied the harsh elements of the north. When they reached Whitehorse, they braved the rapids or used a tramline to bypass the treacherous canyon. They took this journey in order to stake their claim on the Klondike goldfields.

Many of these fortune seekers never reached their destination, and those who did paid a price. Some paid with their lives, some lost their health, others their fortune. All of them did their share of shivering in the harsh northern climate while longing for home.

Against these odds, the prospectors demonstrated single-mindedness, courage, and focus, in order to fulfil their dream of becoming rich.

When I reflected on this part of our history, I found myself wondering if we, as Christians, are as zealous and determined when it comes to setting our spiritual sights on seeing our God and experiencing the riches of heaven, or if we have allowed ourselves to get bogged down with everyday living, and lose sight of our ultimate goal.

Prayer: O God, help us to renew our strength and courage daily by spending time in prayer and looking into Your Word. Amen.

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Smiths Creek, New Brunswick, Canada

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