Land, Ho!

For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. - John 1:16-17

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Sometimes I fancy myself a great explorer.

I'm like Magellan, sailing to prove the world is round when all the experts of the day are flat-earthers. I'm Lewis and Clark, blazing an exciting trail into faith unknown. I'm Neil Armstrong, the first to set foot here and live to tell about it. “One small step for man...” and all that.

But do you know who I am actually more like? Ponce de Leon. Poor guy. He had wanderlust and gold lust and then he heard of the waters of the fountain of youth. Didn't matter much to him that it sounded fantastical.

In short, he wasted his youth looking for... well, youth. He squandered his gold looking for more gold. Never satisfied, that Ponce de Leon. Yes, I understand him quite well.

Do you know what I think the main problem is? I'm looking for Christ instead of looking at my life through the lens of Christ.

I'm searching high and low for a Savior who already lives inside me. I'm so determined to find grace that I use up all my grace on the search itself. I miss the mercies while I'm digging for mercy. I cry out for hope when it's already been given. I demand answers that are already mine.

Do you?

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In our exciting adventures and campaigns of exploration, let's use Christ as our spyglass. He will reveal sweeter shores when we're seasick and tossed. He will show where X marks the spot on every treasure map we follow. He will ensure that each interaction with new civilizations goes swimmingly.

No more looking for; I will be looking through.

How about you?

Father, help me. Be my lens. Forgive my futile floundering. Inspire me with all that You are in my life. In Jesus' Name, Amen...

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6 Comments on “Land, Ho!

  1. So true, Shelly! I often pray for God to help me see another person as He sees them, I need to remember to pray that about every day life and situations, non people things, as well! Thank you for the reminder! And thank you, too, for sharing my blog with others - you are such an encouragement to me, my friend!
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    • Sweet June, it is my privilege to share your blog! You are such a sweet Sister. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

  2. Ho Shelly- I so totally hear you- reading this post made me realise that one of the enemy's most used strategies is to have us searching for what we already have- the Presence of Christ in our lives.
    You've got me thinking- that the reason we miss the still small voice within is because we fall for Satan's ruse and we dash about everywhere searching frantically for what we have access to every moment of every day- only in order to get in touch with God within our hearts we need to stop what we are busily doing and be still and rest, and be quiet. Only then can we hear Him clearly.
    Good post- you sure do challenge this old gal to think!

    • So glad to give you something to consider, Mary! That old enemy is sure a sneaky one! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

    • Sharita, it always gives me such a big smile to see you here, Sister! Love you! Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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