A good question to ponder as we get ready for various spring and summer trips, flights, or vacations is, “Have I packed my faith?” I am not referring to the reality -- bemoaned by pastors across denominations -- that in many communities church attendance plummets during the summer months, but something else (yes, I do think you should find a way to worship weekly during the summer, wherever you are, even if you just share some simple prayers and a Bible reading with your friends or family).
The something else is the potential for these trips, flights, and vacations to be spiritual experiences. I picked up a habit as a teenager of making prayer intentions for various trips. Basically, I would go on a trip or a vacation and I would seek an answer to a particular question from God during the trip (“what do you want me to do with my life?” “should I join this group, etc”). This doesn’t mean I spent the whole trip in prayer or reading the Bible either. In fact, I’ve used this prayer intention practice on road trips with college buddies, visits to family, and everything else in between. I have always found an answer and often much more as the result of these prayer intentions by the end of the trip.
I challenge you to try this practice the next time you travel.