Charting a course?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When our unwillingness to seek out the truth in order to know just exactly what is the best course to chart puts us on a dangerous path to not getting anywhere at all worthwhile, is there an alternative to such ignorance?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

There's an old saying that a little knowledge can be a very dangerous thing. Often what we think we know, based only on a scattering or a tidbit of knowledge here and there, can prove to be our undoing when we base our actions largely on the unknown as opposed to might be known. The sad thing about this is that over time we come to wholly believe the mere smattering of knowledge that we possess as the whole picture. Familiarity may in this case truly breed contempt. Not caring about what we might know but aren’t committed to knowing, may cause us to refrain from seeking it at all. In that case we are more likely to be willing to base future actions upon the faulty knowledge we hold as truth when, all along, the truth has escaped our attention and our walk into tomorrow is based on speculation, not real knowledge.

Often our unwillingness to seek out the truth in order to know just exactly what is the best course to chart puts us on a dangerous path to not getting anywhere at all worthwhile. Is the truth always that hard to find, or is it a matter of seeking it out for yourself in the first place?

Here's a story: An interesting map is on display in the British Museum in London. It's an old mariner's chart, drawn in 1525, outlining the North American coastline and adjacent waters. At that time most of the new continent’s interior had not as yet been explored with but a few hundred miles of coastline being the only evidence of what lie beyond. The handful of explorers who had visited the Americas had relied upon the scattered Indian tribes for information about the land. In many cases, since the natives had no wish that these strange visitors from the sea should venture forth over their land, they had created fanciful tales and legends as being an accurate description of what the new land held in store for anyone adventurous or foolhardy enough to take the risk. With these tales in mind, the cartographer made some intriguing notations on areas of the map that represented regions not yet explored. He wrote: “Here be giants,” “Here be fiery scorpions,” and “Here be dragons.” Eventually, the map came into the possession of Sir John Franklin, a British explorer in the early 1800s. Musing over these fanciful, even mythical inscriptions, he scratched them out one by one and in their stead he wrote these words across the map: “Here is God.” (Source unknown)

What lies in store for us along the “coastlines” of our lives is known only to God. On the surface this may seem unsettling, even threatening, yet God has not been so unkind as to give us no hope for tomorrow, no foundation of knowledge upon which we can search out the possibilities of the future and, in so doing, giving us the ability to map-out a sure course and direction for our lives. The Bible tells us that “If we die with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him” (2 Timothy 2:11-12). Simply put, if we live in faith today, enduring all things, the promise of tomorrow is bright. No dragons, scorpions or giants anywhere–just a loving God!

We pray. Heavenly Father, often we feel that life is like a roll of the dice; there are a lot of things that might happen and we really can’t control any of them. Yet, when we are reminded that you Lord know all things and have our future in full view 24-7, our conscience is pricked. Forgive us Lord when we are not seekers of the truth, thereby knowing where life may lead us if only we took the time to think it through in light of your Word. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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