Dave Brisbin 5.26.19
Medieval maps of the known world would often depict dragons in the water beyond where anyone had gone. Uncharted waters held both promise and unknown dangers, and some maps actually printed the words here be dragons to really hit the nail on the head. Those willing to sail beyond what was familiar were the ones who charted the maps in the first place and continued to push against the dragons until the entire globe was charted. You see, everything it means to be an explorer begins where the map ends. It’s the same with the spiritual life. The same Book that tells us God’s love is the centerpiece of our existence also tells us such a love is too great for us to understand. But we need to understand something so central, don’t we? 

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So Jesus addresses the dilemma with every teaching and story, consciously breaking down our attachment to what is familiar by calling us out beyond our maps of law, ethics, religion, justice, obligation, tradition, and even family and obedience– whatever we grasp to make us feel safe and protected. Jesus knows that as long as continue to circle our ships in known waters, safely within the scope of what we think we know, we will never experience a love that is infinitely rooted in heaven and not earth. Jesus is leading where there be dragons, because everything it means to love as God loves begins where familiar love ends.

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