Destinations and Transients

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)

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sunrise over Grand Lagoon (Panama City Beach, Florida)

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.”

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our transient slip for the Intuition

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as soon as we docked, I walked the half mile to go put my feet in the sand and surf of Panama City Beach
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the marina has a free and outdoor laundry area
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Kokomo enjoys her new perspective

 

4 thoughts on “Destinations and Transients

    1. Victoria- I can’t believe we really are here! And I get to spend some of my days walking that beach with my Savior! He walks with me and he talks with me and tells me that I am his own! It will continue to be an ADVENTure and a Christmas to remember because Jesus lives! Thanks for your prayers!

  1. Hi Kel…I have been busy and unable to comment this week, so I thought I’d make time today. I love your photos, especially of Kokomo chillaxin’ on the pier AND that gorgeous white-sandy beach! I would love to sink my toes into some of that!
    “How can faith birth a new perspective in me this Season?” Well, I am currently reading a book on prophecy, it telling me of all the ways God’s Word is coming true right here, right now. How we are hurtling forward toward the fulfilment of all things. When I think of the FULL reason Baby Jesus came, from wooden manger to wooden Cross, I see afresh what Christmas is really all about. His ‘birth story’ told year after year. Love come down to save sinful mankind, that on that last Day, all we who have faith in Him shall rise to meet Him in the air! That’s why He came. AWESOME!!!

    1. Jillie- I too have been busy, so my apologies for not responding sooner. 🙂 Getting settled at our destination has been fun and FULL…I hope to post later today, some of the happenings here. It’s an unbelievable and much needed ADVENTure for hubby and me…I am ever thankful for the way God times our lives both the highs and the lows…Thanks you for this reminder that “we are hurtling toward the fulfillment of all things.” Praising God as we approach this season of remembering why Jesus came…I have too have been thinking of the cross and what a grace God didn’t reveal the end to Mary until the fullness of time came to be…God is so good to us!

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