Explorers of Old, We Will Face
an End and a Beginning
my early school days I was fascinated by stories of the
Voyageurs. I loved the pictures in our history books, showing
them in their long canoes paddling hard through white water.
I suppose my history teachers were able to bring them to
life for me because all I had to do was look out the window
to see part of the waterway they navigated. I could see
freighters and ocean vessels moving slowly along the route
those early explorers mapped, a tiny stretch of water called
the St. Mary's River.
isn't much white water there anymore, the channel has been
dredged and a system of locks built to accommodate the huge
ships. But I often thought what it must have been like for
those men, who had toiled through three huge bodies of water,
to come to the tiny St. Mary's River.
they think it was the end, at last? Did they believe the
native guides who told them there was yet another lake,
"the mighty Gitchigumi," larger and more imposing
than anything they had yet encountered? I can imagine their
conversation around the fire as they prepared to shoot the
rapids the next day. "What do you think, Etienne? Does
this river just peter out, or lead to something bigger?
Is this the end, or another beginning?"
have been with a great deal of trepidation and excitement
that those men set off to see what was beyond. They had
heard only rumors, stories of something more, something
bigger and more awesome than they could envision. They must
have wondered if they could cope with it. Were their boats
big enough? Could they navigate a body of water so huge?
They must have bolstered themselves by looking back, remembering
what they had already been through. Their boats were strong
and so were they. They were prepared to face what might
be at the end of the river.
all of us will reach that point. We too will
move through a narrow place and go beyond. What
we find there depends on what we have chosen
before. It depends very much on how we have
prepared. 2 Samuel 14:14 says - "Like water
spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered,
so we must die. But God does not take away life;
instead He devises ways so that a banished person
may not remain estranged from Him."
way God has devised is stated plainly in John
17:3 - "Now this is eternal life: that
they may know you, the only true God and Jesus
Christ, whom you have sent."
the awe when the Voyageurs arrived at the end
of the St. Mary's River and Lake Superior opened
before them. Imagine the excitement of discovering
not an end, but another beginning. Imagine the
excitement we each will know as we move from
this physical realm into God's realm. Don't
cheat yourself of that new beginning. Be prepared
for it. Seek God and His Son now.
Lee Laycock is a free-lance writer who specializes
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