Exploring. It takes you out of that comfort bubble, the places you know, the people you know, and it forces you into the unknown. And that’s where faith has even more room to grow. Just like yesterday, we listened to a sermon on John 11 and how God delights to use situations that are HARD, seemingly impossible, unknown, to teach us faith. He delights in seeing His children’s faith in Him grow and blossom, in seeing us trust Him completely even if circumstances seem dire. That’s why exploring has helped me in recovery and healing. It’s grown my faith. It’s taken me out of those ‘safe food’ situations and put me into situations where I don’t know what I’ll eat, don’t know what I’m going to do for exercise, and I just have to say, ‘I don’t know what will happen, but I know God is good and that God is taking care of me in every step.
I am a HOMEBODY at heart, but I have also learned so much from traveling. Exploring has helped me heal. It has enabled me to look outside of me and see what wondrous things God has done in the whole earth. It’s taken me out of having to always eat a veggie at dinner and instead enjoy the chocolate that I pulled out of my backpack.
Exploring opens up very raw parts that I thought were ‘healed’, but they bring me face to face with idols that I ‘nourish’ at home instead of laying them down at the feet of Jesus Christ and asking Him to help me overcome them and worship Him alone.
The last time we were in Europe I still remember the anxiety that would overwhelm me when my brother and sister didn’t buy a fruit or veggie after their trips to the store for food. I realized that this ‘way of eating’ was still an idol to me, and the Lord was working His sanctifying grace over me the entire time, because by the end of the trip, I was so thankful to be able to eat chocolate, bread, apples, and cheese with more gratefulness than I had experienced in a long time.
Exploring enables you to behold more of God’s Wonder. It enables you by the grace of God to stop and quote the words of Psalm 29.
‘Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.’ (Psalm 29:1-8)
There is an awesome world out there; and though there will be a NEW heavens and new earth without any sin, without any effects of sin, there is still so much beauty here to be enjoyed while we are here.
Exploring helps you realize that, and I pray that God might open my eyes to see MORE wonder, to embrace recovery wholeheartedly, and the healing that comes from the challenge and the beauty of uncovering more and more of God’s beauty and majesty in His world.
I’d love to know:
What have you learned from exploring?
What kind of exploring do you like to do (hiking, traveling, road trips, exploring places in your home town, walking through the woods?)