“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” ~ T.S. Elliot
What a quote! This idea manifests everywhere! Like the time you were camping for two weeks straight and you finally got back home to find your house, and especially your bed, completely new and wondrous. Or, the time you spent months studying the subtleties of the ancient Greek in the New Testament, and then one day you read John 3:16 in English, just as you had seen it a thousand times, and the impossible love and grace of God suddenly struck you dumb.
This is life! To explore, and learn, and create new – but is it not even more special to come back home after all of the exploring, learning, and creating and see the things we know best as we have never seen them before?
We need to remember this in our walk with the Lord. As we grow and mature spiritually, God will take us ever deeper into the revelations of His character and His love for us – but the basics should always hold just as much wonder as they did when we first heard them. The sacrifice of Jesus for my sin and your sin should always knock us flat on our backs. We should never skim over it and say “oh yeah, I got that”. We don’t have it, and we will never fully grasp it. The unconditional love of God will always be awe-inspiring.
Never stop exploring, and let the things you explore illuminate the things you know – advice from one of the most talented poets and dedicated Christians of the 20th century.