Day 1: Come Along!

Family Devotions

The Journey Begins

Today's memory verse: "I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go..." (Genesis 28:15a, NIV)

It is exciting to travel - and a little scary. Your neighborhood is familiar, but the place you are going to will be strange:

  • People dress differently
  • Eat different food
  • What other things are different?

When you take a trip, you leave the familiar things behind... or maybe not. Some people pack a lot of their favorite things in their suitcase:

  • Favorite shoes
  • Snacks to eat
  • Video games and music
  • What favorite things did you take along the last time you traveled?

Psalm 139:7-10

"Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
If I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast."

In Bible times, some people were afraid to travel because they thought they would have to leave their gods behind. Their gods lived on a mountain or in the sea. People made images of their gods and put them in the house for protection. But when a person traveled to another country, their god either stayed behind or was stuffed into the baggage and tied to the camel.

Talk about it:

Can you imagine traveling with a god in a suitcase? What do you think of a god that has to be carried along like an iPod? Can you leave God behind?