Looking out at the sea, it's moving to take in the sheer vastness of it all. Our own vision is limited so much, but isn't it wonderful to know that we can't see the ocean in its entirety from our position on the shore or even on the deck of a ship? We can glance around us and know that there are opportunities for adventure out there just beyond the horizon.
Author Cerella Sechrist wrote a post on this subject several months ago, and I remember how inspired I was by it. This subject, the idea of the distant horizon, is a hopeful one, and one I love to contemplate. When Captain Jack Sparrow says, "Now, bring me that horizon," he's reaching out for all the possibilities his journey on the sea can bring. The ending of Pirates of the Caribbean is beautiful because the ocean stretches out before the crew, and Captain Jack is heading for those open waters--the mysterious and wondrous unknown.
I love that element of adventure in MaryLu Tyndall's books, as well. Her books are enchanting, and I'm drawn to that horizon of the imagination, where stories set sail and take on life. Tyndall really captures that feeling of excitement--the thrill of being on the sea. Her first book, The Redemption, is full of life and the grandeur of far off places, and ever since reading it I've been eager to read each new book she writes.
Oh, to be able to write like that . . . to be able to live like that! When we have the hope of home--in heaven with the Lord, someday--then this life really can be an adventure. When we are at rest in the Lord's grace, why worry about the temporary aspects of this life? I know that it's one of those things that's easier said than done. I worry, but I have no need to do so. My life is a journey. I'm not home yet, but because I have the hope of going home, I have the inspiration to truly live.
I love what MaryLu Tyndall writes at the end of her e-mails: "Live in the awareness of your eternal destiny." What a stunning word of encouragement! God's plans are so much grander and so much more meaningful than anything we could think up. For God, He sees all that ocean of time out there and yet knows the specific horizon each of us sees from our perspective on the beach. And He whispers to our hearts that there's a whole ocean out there He wants to show us. So let's raise the sails, step on that ship, and agree with Jack: "Now, bring me that horizon."
"But I am the Lord thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The Lord of hosts is his name." Isaiah 51:15
(The picture above is of my sister. =) Special thanks to authors Cerella Sechrist and MaryLu Tyndall for inspiring me!)