Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward being; Therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. - Psalm 51:6-7
After 8 movies, 3 seasons on TV, several spin-offs, and more reruns than a dog has fleas, “Star Trek” has become a household word. The adventures of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise have caught the imagination of a whole generation of Americans with the well-known words “To boldly go where no one has gone before.” (Pardon the split infinitive!) In a modern world where it seems there are no more frontiers left to conquer, “Space, the final frontier” seems to offer us our last chance for adventure and exploration into the unknown territories of our universe. But there is another frontier that is more challenging, stranger, and less traveled than even the moons of Jupiter—and you don’t have to travel a billion miles to get there either. This frontier is closer than you think. It’s under your skin—what the psalmist calls “the inward being” or “my secret heart.”
Have you explored that frontier yet? Have you found the courage to look down deep within yourself—with the kind of honesty and truth that God desires? That kind of exploration isn’t as easy as it sounds, because we tend to want to hide from our shortcomings and weaknesses more than we want to discover our gifts and strengths. But, no one said “frontier exploration” would be easy—it’s an adventure and a challenge. And all we have to go on is the good news that God knows us better than we know ourselves, and yet he loves us anyway. With the promise of God’s forgiveness, may you take the risk to know—and even to love—that part of you where “no one has gone before,” because only in coming to know and love yourself can you pass that gift on to others.
Grace & Peace,