WEEK 31 : FRIDAY

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Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

 

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable. – Helen Keller

 

What is your life’s most meaningful pursuit? What are we looking for? What will keep us awake all night? When we are pursuing something that is meaningful in our lives, suddenly there is something new that comes to our view. We become so engaged in our work that it is no longer work for us. It becomes play.

Years ago, a book by Charles Swindoll came out carrying the title, “Quest for Character.” Since the book is talking about a quest or pursuit one of the stories that has been featured there was the finding of the lost sunken ship, “Titanic”. The story goes this way:

“There is this guy who loved his work so much that it became his lifelong pursuit. His name is Robert Ballard. Robert is an American deep-sea explorer whose lifelong pursuit is to find the ship, R.M.S. Titanic. For 73 years all efforts to find the ship failed. But on September 1, 1985, through the help of a robot submersible, he found what he was looking for.

His work and exploration became a help to both oceanographers and the U.S. military. With the new generation of 6,000-meter (20,000-foot) submersibles, 97 percent of the ocean floor is now accessible to exploration. Scientists hope that the new submersibles and such underwater devices as Jason, Jr. will help them unravel its mysteries. The military hopes the technology may help them hide submarines in ocean trenches and track Soviet equipment.

My first direct view of Titanic lasted less than two minutes, but the stark sight of her immense black hull towering above the ocean floor will remain forever ingrained in my memory.

My lifelong dream was to find this great ship, and during the past 13 years the quest for her had dominated my life. Now, finally, the quest was over.

In a way I am sad we found her. After 33 hours of exploring her dismembered hulk, we know her fate, and it is not a pretty sight. Though still impressive in her dimensions, she is no longer the graceful lady that sank a mere five days into her maiden voyage, in 1912, after striking an iceberg. Her beauty has faded, her massive steel plates are dissolving in rivers of rust, and her ornate woodwork has been devoured by an army of countless wood-boring organisms whose hollow calcium tubes now litter her barren shape. After years of gluttony the creatures starved and dropped dead at the table. I have no sympathy for them; they robbed Titanic of her last touch of elegance.

Titanic’s band has long since ceased to play. She is gone, home-ported at last. She will surely never be raised. Such stark reality often offends our romantic senses, but the search for this greatest of all sunken ships was first and last an exciting journey.

Life’s most meaningful pursuit is the pursuit of God. Another meaningful pursuit in life is to know the reason why we were born. It is something that will dominate our lives for 13, 25, 50, or more years. A pursuit or quest is something that fuels or fire. It refuses to let us drift downstream gathering debris. It keeps our mind in gear and makes us press on.

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