All good stories begin with "Once upon a time" and the ending is known even before setting out on the quest. Quests are NEVER easy--there is always an enemy--it is difficult to stay on the path--they take great courage-which can be difficult to find--there is a cost, and sometimes they lack clarity. The price of following our quest can be illusive and it may call for something bigger than us-but the end is always worth the cost. It also is really not about the end--but more about the journey.
OH--how I crave a great quest! Don't we all? We ALL have value, meaning and purpose and God HAS a great quest for us. In the economy of God, there are NO accidents and discovering His implications of our purpose is transforming. There is a tension as we travel along our quest path--a tension He wants us to live with. God has our quest planned out for us-He has written the story--but we have the choice and responsibility of how we follow His story. "God creates us with a purpose and plans to be involved. Our circumstances don't choose our ending. Your choices choose your ending." We can be victims of our circumstances or choose to live for eternity. "The end isn't worth trading for the moment."
Our quest study all revolves around the life of Jacob. One of the questions for small group is who are you most like---Esau or Jacob? I knew immediately--I am a Jacob--taking things into my own hands. Lacking faith and trust at times and relying upon my own devices, even knowing God's promises to me. SAD! And then WHO would do something like Esau--trade his life's blessing for a bowl of stew. Who of us wants immediate gratification--what we deserve--what makes us happy in the moment. Would you sell out for something temporary and loose sight of the eternal? If presented with the "Right Temporary Thing"--I suspect we all would have to plead guilty.
The GOOD NEWS--no matter what you have done in the past---it has NOT disqualified you. You are still capable of rejoining the path and continuing your quest. It is NOT too late to see your quest end well and when your story is told---you will have proved true to your story---and the quest will be yours.
"So Esau despised his birthright."
Complete Text 25:19-34