A Moment to Reflect

2 July 2020

A Moment to Reflect -57

HEADING FOR OPEN WATER

As I said yesterday, our one-year old grandson is a fearless climber. He is also a voraciously inquisitive explorer. And, not surprisingly perhaps, he is at the stage where he wants to test every kind of boundary. “How far can I go here before my Mum or Dad tells me to stop?”

[Not that he can say any of these things yet, but one look into his mischievous eyes and you know that this is exactly what he’s thinking.]

It reminds me of the words of one of the most influential poets of the 20th Century, T.S. Eliot: “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”– T.S. Eliot

Sometimes, though-especially as we get older-our natural inclination is to play it safe. And of course, there are times when an acute awareness of danger, together with the practice of extreme caution, are exactly what is necessary—for example, in responding to the current Covid-19 pandemic!

However, this kind of caution may not be appropriate for all aspects of life. Sometimes we need to be bold, inquisitive and willing to challenge the status quo. Sometimes, perhaps, we need to pray the prayer of Sir Francis Drake:

‘Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
 
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
 
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.’ 
- Sir Francis Drake -1577