15 August 2013
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
- "Little Gidding" by T.S. Eliot
We may not be trying to sail across and unknown sea to find a new land, but we are always seeking and exploring. Whether it be to different lands or different cities. Maybe even exploring different ways of living, different places to hang out, or different diets. We have the tendency to never be satisfied with where we are but are always thinking of what could be. Man, if I could just do ____ or ____ , you think. Then, you could be satisfied.
As T.S. Eliot writes we will not stop our exploring, and I think it is a good thing, except when it prevents us from being content with where God places us at this moment. It is an awful thing to not be able to find the joy in the present. It is in our nature to explore and wonder. If you know me you would know that I am a huge advocate for learning, growing, moving forward, and using your talents. Those things can be used as an avenue of exploring.
We are limited in our exploring though. We only have so much time. And at the end we will arrive where we started, as Eliot writes, heaven, knowing the place for the first time but somehow seeming so familiar. How can we see the place we are in right now with new eyes? Explore it with a fresh sense of knowing that it is given to us as a gift for this moment, as a glimpse of what is yet to come. It is familiar because heaven will be somehow familiar too, in the best of ways, because we were made for it.