Colca Canyon, source of the Amazon
DayBreaks for 10/09/17: Chasing the Source
From the DayBreaks archive:
One of the great quests of explorers was to find the source – the source of the Nile river or the Amazon, Yangtze or even the Mississippi. Something drove these explorers to find where these great and mighty rivers began their journey. Ponce de Leon sought the source, too – the fountain of youth, the source of eternal youth and vigor. Goodness knows that there have been days when I wish I could find the fountain of youth again!
There has always been something amazing about knowing you stood at the very beginning of something immense and incredible – arriving at the very source. Wouldn’t you love to be able to travel back through time to the beginning of time – to witness as God’s incredible creative energy was turned loose and things began to spring into existence from nothing?
On this past Saturday, I was at our men’s breakfast fellowship and we were discussing faith and trust. We were sitting at one of our member’s homes, out on their deck, right underneath a huge redwood. The sun filtered lazily down through the canopy overhead, and the first chill hint of fall was in the air. It was a glorious morning (and not just because the smell of fresh cooked bacon and eggs hung in the air!) As we sat there talking about faith, someone commented that it is always easier to go with the flow than to move upstream.
Hebrews 2:1 (NIV) talks about something like that: We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. The terminology used is that of a boat that has been docked but which comes loose from its moorings and which starts to drift downstream. It’s only natural, of course, that boats drift downstream with the current. It takes a huge amount of energy to move upstream – against the current.
When the great explorers of yesteryear were looking for the source of the great rivers, did they drift downstream? No – going downstream takes you away from the source, not towards it. To reach the source a lot of energy must be expended. You have to fight against the raging currents and falling elevation. In short, you have to bend your will and purpose to one end: to reach the beginning, the source.
Is that any different than what we’re told when we are to seek God will all strength? He is the ultimate Source of not just rivers and galaxies, but of our lives. Perhaps our desire to get back to God is part of the reason we so long to find the beginning of things, for in so doing, we are seeking our own Source, our Maker. But here’s the catch: you’ll never reach your Source (God, the Father) until you bend all your will and energy and purpose to it. The more energy we put into finding Him, the more of Him we will discover. He’s not like the source of a river – which comes from one place and once you’ve seen it you’ve seen it all. No, God is infinite in creativity, personality, love, time…we can spend an eternity at the Source and never fully understand or grasp all of Him.
Are you willing to spend the energy and devote yourself to the pursuit of the only Beginning that matters?
PRAYER: Lord, we believe that we were formed at Your word and by Your pleasure. We find it far easier to drift downstream than to paddle upstream to reach You in Your fullness. Give us strong backs and wills to commit ourselves to seeking You all the days or our lives, and to not think that once we’ve caught the barest of glimpses of You, to turn back to an easy life. Give us joy in our discovery of You that drives us forward to even great discoveries of Your glories! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.