What Columbus Saw When The Ships Disappeared


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PORTAL: A doorway, gate, or other entrance, especially a large and imposing one. METAPHOR-DU-JOUR: Exploration


As an Italian American, I grew up with Columbus Day being more than a day off.

Besides the ethnic pride side, the day represented exploration and young boys start off by turning their necks to see what’s around the corner before they leave for the four corners of the world.

“I think I’ll explore that,” we muse about something that’s tickling our imaginations or consciousness.

Where does exploration begin?

Whether it’s searching for a college, mate, community or some other quest, there is some catalyst that seems to be the precursor for the major changes in our lives.

There are tales of Columbus simply seeing boats come and go when he was a lad. Perhaps he wondered, “Where are they going after they disappear from my sight?”

That same question could be the spark for someone grappling with the ultimate riddle: “Where does someone go after they have left this world and we can’t see them anymore?”

If you know the answer, celebrate!

But at every metaphorical dock, there are those who need to cross a vast ocean of unbelief. If you’ve been to the New World of Salvation, will you help them navigate past their skepticism and tell these would-be captains what you have discovered?

PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Being sure of oneself has to do with "having been there.”

No one has seen God [His essence, His divine nature] at any time; the [One and] only begotten God [that is, the unique Son] who is in the intimate presence of the Father, He has explained Him [and interpreted and revealed the awesome wonder of the Father]…Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”…How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? John 1:18 NIV, John 13:36 NIV, John 14:9 NIV

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