Today’s inspired words are by a regular guest writer, Janet Koolhaas, who has shared her thoughts and wisdom with us a few times before. I welcome her insight, as you hopefully will too.
“Fifty years ago (July 20, 1969) two American astronauts landed on the moon. Recently I saw one of those two men, “Buzz” Aldrin, on television talking with President Trump and later being interviewed by a newscaster.
He expressed the thrill and honor it was to be one of the only two humans ever to set foot on the surface of the moon. But he also expressed disappointment that in the ensuing 50 years this feat has not be replicated or surpassed.
How does this set of events mirror the spiritual life of so many of us? We aspire to reach the mountaintop of spiritual experience. But once we’ve been there, we rest in the glory of the experience and don’t aspire to go back – or on to greater heights.
Years ago in Canada there was an ad on TV that I thought was quite profound. It showed several Olympic runners hunched over their starting blocks ready to run. When the starting gun sounded they all took about three strides and then they stopped running. They proceeded to cheer and high-five one another. For what? For crossing the starting line? It was ludicrous. But what an important lesson there was in that silly ad.
In many areas of life we set an arbitrary “line in the sand”, whether it be a starting line or a finish line. Once we cross it, we congratulate ourselves and rest on our laurels.
But what if God sees our “finish line” or “goal” as really only the starting line? Is it possible that in His eyes, your greatest pinnacle of achievement is really only the starting line? Is He grimacing with disappointment when we adopt a “been there, done that” attitude?
The Bible says: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (I Corinthians 2:9 NKJV)
In 1993 I went to experience the revival that was taking place in Argentina at that time. The pastors there spoke of “The Doctrine of Mas”. Translation: “The Doctrine of More”. They impressed upon us that no matter how deep your walk with the Lord, and no matter the spectacular nature of your experiences with Him . . . there will always be MORE! More of God to explore and experience.
Just as NASA will never reach the outer boundaries of space – because there are no such boundaries – we will never be able to plumb the infinite depths of God’s love, mercy, forgiveness, wisdom, power and glory.
The question begs to be asked, “If I believe in a God that is so big that there will always be MORE of Him than I can fathom, why is my faith and trust level so low? Why am I high-fiving because God provided for my rent money this month? That’s just the starting line, not the finish line.
Yes, we should be thankful for every blessing, no matter how small. But may we never be guilty of making God too small, simply because our finite minds cannot be wrapped around His infinite greatness.”
“O, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments and His paths beyond tracing out!
‘Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been His counselor?
Who has ever given to God that God should repay him?’
For from Him
and through Him
and to Him
are all things.
To Him be the glory forever! Amen.”
Food for thought: Are you yearning for more? More faith, more closeness, more inspiration, or more love? Start with morning worship time. The Lord WILL speak to you during your prayer time, He WILL open your eyes to scripture that encourages or guides you, and He WILL fill that space with more of Himself.
Fun facts: The last man to set foot on the moon was Captain Eugene Cernan. He did this on December 14, 1972 as part of the Apollo 17 mission. His last words as he was on the moon were, “We leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.”
Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Full moon in its glory