The Special of the Day... From the Orange Moon Cafe...
The current mission to Mars that may pave the way for a future manned space flight to the Red Planet vividly reflects humanity's longing to explore. We seek knowledge and experience of the physical universe, of other people, and of ourselves. God hardwired us with the inclination, and made His creation for exploration. Thus, we do well to search, to look, to journey, to find, and to ponder and benefit from our discoveries.
"But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul" (Deuteronomy 4:29).
Interestingly, our natural longing for venture and adventure serves as the reflection of a far deeper capacity built into our spiritual being. God made us for living and loving relationship with Himself. Because of His infinite nature and being, this requires ongoing exploration of who and what He is. "Seek the Lord" beckons the prophet to the hearts of humanity (Amos 5:6). Sin, of course, gravely damaged the capacity and the longing for God it motivates. Salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ restores and repairs our spiritual hardwiring, as it were, resulting in the believer's freedom and enabling to set our hearts toward the eternal discovery for which they were made. "I will seek Him whom my soul loveth" (Solomon 3:2).
We do well to explore. God made the universe to be sought, found, questioned, examined, and known. We miss the point of our yearning, however, if we do not first and foremost seek the One who made us with the nature of curiosity and inquiry. We will never know our God completely. His character, nature, and way span the ongoing reaches of forever, thus beckoning us to journey ever onward to discover "He whom my soul loveth." King David, one of the greatest explorers in history (of God), greatly encourages and inspires us to set our hearts to journey ever onward in the exploration that will never end…
"One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple."
There is no end to the quest we know,
forever beckons on.
For our spirits soar in skies so blue,
above all clouds of storm.
Yes, we fly into the heart of God
as in His Son we trust.
And earth will soon be nothing more
than long forgotten dust.
So spread your wings and catch the wind,
o journeyman of hope,
and race toward horizons blessed
with those who also know
That the quest of hearts is Jesus,
He is our shining sun.
It matters not how far we've come...
the journey's just begun.
Weekly Memory Verse
In Him we live and move and have our being.