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As I was driving this morning, watching all the cars, staying in lanes, signalling turns, stopping together, moving together it occurred to me that it all seemed so mundane, predictable, mandated. 

I wondered how it was that I became controlled in such a blasé form of exploration. The only places I could go is where others had gone before me. I remembered back to the days when I would have to walk. I would jump onto walls, balance along railway tracks, cut corners, go across fields blazing a trail through long uncut grass every journey was an adventure, a discovery.

This whole consideration got me thinking, what if we were made to explore, to blaze a trail where others had not gone, and to go off the beaten path. Maybe this is why people have volunteered for the Mars One exploration. A one way journey to Mars to colonize the red planet. 

But what if that desire to explore and journey is God-given? And what if you and I will not be fully satisfied as humans until we explore in the three places to which only we can go? What if our starting exploration is not out in space but deeper within ourselves? For many people their own inner lives are largely unexplored. They are unfamiliar with their own hearts and fooled by their own self-deception.

The second place people are given the desire to explore is the person, character and presence of the eternal God. No one has ever exhausted the depths of His being. There is always so much more of God to be known, but few take God up on His invitation to know Him in deeper and greater ways.

The third place of exploration spills out from the previous two, as we know who we are and who God is we are able to explore our place in God’s mission out into the world.

It was as I was thinking these things that I realized the car behind me was honking, the advanced green light was blinking and I needed to get going. Perhaps there is now a green light blinking for you… what are you waiting for? Go explore!


- Merv Budd