Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. How did they do it? They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world.(Hebrews 11:13 The Message)
Every ADVENTure births new perspectives.
We arrived at our destination around 2pm on Wednesday. After about seven days of travel, we welcomed the end of the journey. Now our ADVENTure begins as transients.
In the boating world a transient is a boat that stays at a marina temporarily. The boat is not at its home port. We plan to stay here through the end of the year, then head further south by trailering the boat to the Tampa area. We are experimenting with Les’ ability to work from “home.” Normally he works from his basement office, so we thought why not see if he can work from the boat.
But even this change of perspective pales in comparison to what God accomplished by sending Jesus to live as a transient on this earth. And the people who lived by faith before his arrival knew that they were waiting for a better promise and a better place.
But before that could happen, Joseph and Mary had to exercise their faith. And to our relief, they embraced the promises of God, even when they couldn’t understand all the circumstances and risked being ridiculed and shunned.
Joseph’s faith caused him to act upon the explanation of the angel in his dream. Here’s how his faith was lived out:
Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream: He married Mary. But he did not consummate the marriage until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus. (Matthew 1:24-25 The Message)
He woke up. He followed God’s plan in detail. He married Mary. He maintained her virginity. He named the baby Jesus. All this he did, so that God’s promise could be fulfilled:
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.(Isaiah 7:14 ESV)
How can faith birth a new perspective for you this season?
I hope you are enjoying the ADVENTures! Here are some photos of our December “home.”