I don't see myself as much of an explorer, but last week I had 2 experiences of exploration!
At work, I explored the back halls of a clinic finding my way to the stairwell to assist a patient who is afraid of elevators.
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The other exploration was in the beautiful gardens of Cheekwood with my husband.
As I was comparing the 2, I realized they had a few things in common. During the first experience, my co-worker was my guide as I was exploring unfamiliar territory. In the 2nd experience, I was with my husband and we were exploring and enjoying the familiar gardens in a new way. Sure we have been there other times; at Christmas, at night, and in the rain one year; another time during the fall. But, this time, the tulips and daffodils were blooming and it was full of life and hope.
My exploration experience at work brought a sense of accomplishment, I felt like I had conquered the unknown and was empowered (my one word for 2022) to help others. I went back to make sure my co-workers knew how to walk this path to help other patients in the future. Once I had explored the gardens, I felt peaceful and renewed because there was God's beautiful creation all around me.
As I was pondering these experiences, I realized that I am (or can be) an explorer each time I read God's Word. Scripture is God-breathed and good for instruction and it is living and active.
"God has transmitted his very substance into every Scripture, for it is God-breathed. It will empower you by its instruction and correction, giving you the strength to take the right direction and lead you deeper into the path of godliness. Then you will be God’s servant, fully mature and perfectly prepared to fulfill any assignment God gives you." II Timothy 3:16-17 (The Passion Translation)
"For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires." Hebrews 4:12 (New Living Translation)
Each time I read, I can be more empowered to live the Christian life if I allow it to sink deep into my mind and soul. So many times though, I rush through my morning reading and barely give it another thought throughout my day. God's Word "is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path." (Psalm 119:105, NLT)
When I can see the way more clearly, it brings peace to my heart and I can share the Good News I have learned with others. God is the BEST guide and friend to walk with me through the unfamiliar and the beautiful I come upon each day. He even shows me new things in familiar passages to gain a greater knowledge of Him.
May we all find new joy in reading His Word!
This post was prompted by Kate Motaung's "Five Minute Friday," which she hosts on the Five Minute Friday website. Kate posts a single word each week and each blogger sets a timer for 5 minutes to write and then posts, with little editing. (Some weeks I have more trouble with that part than others.) Check out the other writers this week!