The Unexpected Beauty of Minnesota:
The most peaceful and Godly vacation ever!
I recently wrote a story that talked about why young people in today’s society don’t either go to church or believe in God! As I found myself on vacation this past summer in the heartland, I underwent an amazing spiritual change, getting closer to God through the majestic beauties and wonders he created in both the land and air.
Yes, you heard me right; it was my vacation that started with my first flight, which was to Minnesota! At first I was afraid when the plane took off the runway. I have never been on a plane before so I didn’t know what to expect. As my fellow passengers did their best to calm me down, I found my own solution, which was to look out the window! Strangely enough looking out the window was not only therapeutic, but also made me feel closer to God. On that plane I felt like Icarus, the Greek boy whose father made him special wings to fly. Unfortunately, for Icarus he flew too close to the sun and the wax on his wings melted! Thus, causing him to crash into the sea and die! The only difference was that when we got close to the sun, the wings on the plan DID NOT melt off.
For the first time in my life I flew over Lake Superior and the Mississippi River, which the pictures in the history books do not do them any justice. I got to see my first lightning storm up close and personal and admire the beautiful colors of purple, white, and black that decorated the sky. I got to see the sunset and how it illuminates the sky and clouds with different colors of blue, orange red, and white. That sight would touch the heart of even the most ungodly. These beautiful wonders in the sky left me to see how awesome God is for creating such beauty, but also letting us enjoy it as well.
Another majestic beauty I experienced in Minnesota was the Millennium Gardens. The Millennium Gardens are located in Plymouth, MN. The gardens were first planted at the new millennium, but they quickly became a tourist attraction for the town! It is filled with gardens of roses, many man made ponds, bike & walking trails, civil areas and outdoors labyrinths that one can feel at ease with both the world and sees God’s creative hand! As my aunt and I walked through the garden, we had a beautiful conversation about life, love, and where I see myself in the next five to ten years. Somehow being in the garden helped me to feel all of the God’s essences. As I saw various animals such as turtles and ducks in the gardens, that I realized that I was so blessed to be able to see these things. Back home in DC the only place I could get close enough to seeing the same beauty would be Georgetown’s walking and biking trails!
In essence, I realized that if you want to find, feel, and see God you don’t have to go to a church, all you have to do is to go outside of your door and he is right there waiting for you!
Reported by Nadia Johnson
November 7, 2013
W.O.W. Radio Reporter/ Blogger