I'm home after a grand week's vacation on Canada's east coast. We toured parts of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island with others "from away" -Canadians, Americans, New Zealanders and Irish. In the days together we shared bits about life where we live, especially with those we broke bread with - all interesting and enjoyable folk - but, Olive, our guide, had lots to do with the holiday's success.
A resident of Halifax, this lady is graced with people skills, a gift for story-telling, and an abundance of knowledge of the history, people and places of the Maritimes. She's tops in administration and organization as well, marshalling her brood on time to wherever they need to be. Popular with entrepreneurs of all sorts of enterprises, as her group we felt welcome wherever we went. We saw places and things we'd have missed without Olive.
Travellers weigh the advantages and disadvantages of a tour versus going on their own. In human terms one or the other works best depending on circumstances. In the realm of the spirit, the guided tour wins hands down. When the One who knows the end from the beginning promises to instruct me and teach me in the way I should go (Psalm 32:8), why would I flounder around on my own? Why chance missing the awesome things God has for me?
The great thing is our Guide is available 24/7. He cares about every minute detail and concern in our lives and has knowledge of events and times we humans cannot know. One day I found myself praying the right holiday, the right time, the right price. I hadn't even been thinking of a holiday! That morning I received an email from a special friend who was thinking of a holiday and praying about a travel companion. The Holy Spirit spoke my name to her. Our loving Guide made the connection and we had fun days together.
Among tour guides for the eastern provinces, Olive stands out. For everyday living, wherever we are, the precious Holy Spirit is willing to be our guide for the entire journey, right through eternity.