Lose Sight of the Shore
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” (Andre Gide)
The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind, to say the least. Many changes are coming to our little family of two. My husband is undergoing a career change. We decided to put our house on the market. I had the opportunity to do another incredible bridal shoot with my favorite photographer. We are packing up to leave for our mission trip to the Philippines. And my little Milo is not at all excited about any of it.
These life events cause me recall the words of King Solomon, written sometime before 930 BC:
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. (excerpts from Ecclesiastes 3)
I hope this is an encouragement to you, as it is for me. No matter what obstacles or opportunities life throws your way, you are more capable of rising to the occasion than you might be aware. Sometimes life requires a bit of risk, or a leap of faith. Sometimes a new discovery is waiting for you, if only you will lose sight of the shore. Take heart, it will all be made beautiful in its time.
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. (Aristotle)
I also hope to return to you all in just a few weeks with countless entertaining tales of our latest adventure around the globe!
Until then, keep sailing.