We decided to drive all night to get to Las Vegas for my niece’s wedding on Saturday.
Bruce and I left Estes about 9 PM and drove south to intersect with I-70, the interstate that runs through the Rocky Mountains.
We’ve driven this route hundreds of times and we are always thrilled by its beauty.
Since we know the way so well, and have seen it, we know where the road will curve, we know the speed limits, the towns, the sights well before we encounter them.
This was not a trip for sight-seeing. We drank coffee to stay awake, and got through the desert to our air conditioned hotel before the morning sun could turn up the thermostat.
But as we drove through Colorado’s Glenwood Springs Canyon, I pictured the magnificent cliffs looming above us, hardy little pines and spruce trees clinging to the rocky base. By now, in August, the Colorado River wending its way at the bottom of the canyon would be groovin’ like a laid-back hippie, and rafters wouldn’t have to fight any powerful currents.
I felt sorry for tourists driving at this time of night. If they hadn’t seen the glories of this route on some other trip, they’d be driving blind, imagining that the darkness surrounding them contained nothing but black sky.
Oh, what they were missing!
I believe that’s how it is with the Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus frequently referred to in the gospel of Matthew.
As Christians, when the Holy Spirit comes to indwell us, we get a taste of what heaven is like. And sometimes, like tourists, God comes near and we get glimpses of His indescribable beauty. Having touched, tasted, smell, felt His glory, we anxiously look forward to more experiences.
But I can only tell another person about Him and how wonderful it is to be near God and to spiritually see Him.
It’s great to read about wonderful things along the route.
But at night, without sight, the traveler only knows from his reading of a map, or by someone who’s already been there.
A whole wonderful, colorful, exciting world exists.
It’s there even when the traveler’s eyes don’t see it.
“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.” (Matthew 5: 8, The Message)