Isaiah 60:22 in Fiordlands

New Zealand is one of my favorite countries in the world. All because of one enchanting place it boasts. Never mind the three rocky sea days when we leave from Brisbane. And of course, the three-hour time difference. Sadly, I’ve only been here twice. And although it was 6 years ago when I first witnessed its beauty, instantly I fell in love. The strange thing is we never even docked here. It was only scenic cruising. We only looked but never stopped. But time seemed to stand still as I gazed around me in wonder.

Fiordlands is one of the most dramatic and breathtaking parts of New Zealand. It has achieved a World Heritage Status for its stunning natural features. Fiordlands is the country’s largest national park and is home to the beautiful Milford, Dusky, and Doubtful Sounds. I first came here in 2012 while I was aboard Pacific Dawn. I was still with P&O cruises.

Whenever the ship would pass through this magical place, everyone on board (passengers and crew members including the night workers) will wake up really early and rush to the top deck. We are all eager to find a good spot. I would wear my gloves and put on my jacket and bonnet to protect me from cold. Yes!!! It’s extremely cold for someone like me who is used to the scorching heat of the sun of the tropics. And despite the many layers of clothing I would wear, I’d still feel vulnerable with the chilly air piercing my bones.

But then I wouldn’t mind freezing for a few minutes even for hours in exchange for a magnificent view that never fails to leave me in awe. Like an excited child, I would marvel at the snow-capped mountains that seem to cast a spell. I would see gigantic waterfalls that seem to glitter from where I stand. I would watch some really lucky people kayaking the luminescent and calm waters with dolphins that seem to jump with joy. Truly, it’s a sight to behold. And everyone around me is overwhelmed with joy, happily soaking in the beauty and basking in the glory of Your wonderful creations.

Thank You Lord Jesus for the special gift to travel places I never thought I would see. I will forever be thankful for everything You’ve shown me.    

If you are reading this, I pray that your eyes too will see all the wonderful things I’ve seen. Hopefully even more.

Follow your dreams.


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