Proverbs 5:2 That you may preserve discretion, and your lips may keep knowledge.
For my friend Moana who is finding her way through the vast knowledge of God.
The early Polynesians were known as ‘Wayfinders’. Their navigational skills were used to travel through vast areas of the Pacific ocean in thousands of miles in any direction. They knew how to read the stars and measure the amount of salt in the different parts of the ocean. These wayfinders understood the clean or pungent odors on the winds passing by, plus they could measure the humidity in the air.
These brave ocean navigators could tell where they were by the flight patterns of birds they came across that were flying on the ocean breezes. Their voyages became longer. They developed a highly sophisticated navigational system based on observations of daily oceanic activity, cloud formations plus the nightly display of solar maps written in the constellations declaring their position on the high seas. Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
The wayfinders knew where they were as they sailed from the far corners of the Polynesian triangle by the pull and push of currents, the color of the sea, and the coolness or warmth of the spray caused by the swells they navigated. In short, they acquired skills handed down by the elders to know how to use the natural rhythms of the ocean to find their way to the Polynesian islands that dotted the Pacific rim spread out thousands of miles throughout a vast ocean. These people developed the skills God gave them and became masters of navigation and exploration in their time and place in history.
2 Tim. 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. The study and learning of God and His word in order to find a life of holiness is a similar voyage we are on. As we learn how to maneuver the vast ocean of God’s eternity that is set before us – we set our sails for the enjoyment and living of a Godly life.
We, who are in Christ, have the privilege to navigate with God’s help the endless depths of the Lord’s love and relationship that is given to us by His grace and abundant mercies. It is God’s idea and love for us that we develop skills to bring His love and favor to the next generation who were also created to be with Him throughout eternity.
We are God’s wayfinders so to speak who will lead, shape, and trail blaze the vast areas of God’s eternity. Whether our gifting in God is ministry, helps, or a leader of praise and worship, we will have to find our way with the holy compass God has put within each one of us.
We will also learn to read the numerous signs God has put before us to navigate our way to his throne of blessing. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will find God’s plan for our lives and help bring those who are pilgrims in a strange land to a city made by God. Heb. 11:10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.
The beauty of being a wayfinder in God is that we will never come to the end of our journey, as the vastness of God’s being is endless. It is said that the journey is the pleasure of life. Well saints, if that is the case our travels will never end because the unsearchable riches in Christ will be infinitely there for us to search out and enjoy the fullness of our salvation.
As kings and priests in the kingdom of God, we have the joy of seeking out the mysteries of life. Prov. 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. As wayfinders in the kingdom of our God, let us find what it is God has put within our hearts to make His universal plan and voyage of peace, love and powerful victory become our joy of the Lord. In Jesus name.