All that is great, but there is one thing in particular that is very interesting to me. Driving through Sudan, I think, they met this english guy riding a bicycle through the wilderness/dessert who said that he left England 13 years ago and has crossed the Atlantic with a paddleboat, crossed America on rollerblades and now is cycling through Africa. Later they met another couple who have been on the road for 9 years, been almost all around the world. Later still, they met this young british guy who is traveling alone from Cape Town all the way through Africa. Last summer in Ohrid we met an austrian guy who cycled from Austria and was on his way to Greece. He told me that on the road he met with two more guys. One of them was traveling from England to Istanbul and the other guy from Portugal to Vietnam, a trip that should take him 3 years.
Now, we can say that these people are crazy and maybe irresponsible, that instead of building a career they are just playing games. Some people will admire them and say that's great but it's not for them. Some might say that you have to be an adventurist by nature and that they are just pursuing their passions, which is great.
First of all, something deep in me admires these people. There is no doubt that they are adventurists but I think that there is something more to that. At least that is what I think. What if this people revolt and rebel by traveling. What if they have sensed deep inside that they are created for something more than just an urban existence, living in concrete jungles, consumed by consumerism, shallow relationships and pretending. They don't have to have that all figured out but they are still doing it.
And there is also the urge to get to know and experience the world. To observe and to experience the creation. I'm thinking a lot about that lately and I can say that that is not vanity, that is nothing sinful, provided that you have your life centered on the Divine Center.
That is why I'm not ashamed to say that I belong to the world. The world that the Creator didn't despise and will one day redeem. I belong to the human race for whom He gave the best he had.