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From the south Jersey shore to the Pocono Mountains… just a mere 5 hours and 190 miles apart and yet there is a world of difference. As we drove through New Jersey and into Pennsylvania the scenery changed, we are back in hill country shaking off the sands of the shore area.

We crossed the Delaware river and drove through the Delaware water gap taking in the river views and enjoying the small towns that we passed through. We wondered if the people here realize the beauty that surrounds them or have their senses been deadened by the sameness of it all. Does constant exposure to beautiful scenery render us blind to it or are we constantly renewed by its splendor?

We only know that we are awed by the diversity of this country… by the uniqueness of each town we drive through. We may take longer to get to where we are going, but we see so much more traveling the side roads and spending time at each stop. Evidence of reality of God is everywhere, in the sands of the beach, trees of the hills, the sidewalks of the small towns and the banks of the rivers. Slow down and really see… see His Glory.

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God gives us signs, indicators of His will. Stubborn people ignore the signs and climb their own hill. Busy people miss the signs, they are too busy in the world. Self-righteous people see the signs as signs for others to follow.

Followers of Jesus have seen the signs, have read the signs and try to follow the signs. However, sometimes we think we know better what is right for us. Sometimes we are too busy doing our will to see His will. Sometimes we read the signs wrong.

When we feel a calling to act for the glory of God, to be His hands and feet, to speak His Word, we need to test this feeling with prayer. Seek clarification from the Lord, look for further signs of His will, and seek the counsel of fellow believers. Being the hands and feet of Jesus is not for the weak of heart. Yes, satan is a defeated foe, defeated by the cross, but he is still a fierce adversary able to destroy your testimony.

Armor yourself with the full armor of God. Carry all of the tools you will need (Ephesians 6:13-18). Most important of all, bring the Love of God to all you help for His Love covers all.

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