terra incognita

I recently finished Mark Batterson’s book, Wild Goose Chase. I heartily recommend it if you are looking for some insight into why some of the things your heart tells you to do may be difficult to reconcile with your head. One of the concepts that he talks about is terra incognita, which translates to “unknown land.”

Did you know that not a single crew member aboard the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria had ever been more than 300 miles offshore before they departed in 1492? Those men weren’t following someone else’s map. They didn’t execute a mission and go farther than someone else before them. They literally did not know where they were going or what would happen. Batterson quotes Christopher Columbus:

“It was the Lord who put it into my mind, the fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures.”

The reason this inspired me so much is that right now I feel a bit like Columbus. My brain is often unable to reconcile my situation with what my heart tells me I must do. My wife, Heather, and I often have conversations where we come to the logical, rational conclusion that we have no idea what’s going to happen, especially as it relates to Unbound Ministries, our personal terra incognita. Not to say that things are going poorly. There are always those who laugh and ridicule. But there are also those that constantly encourage and exhort. That the Holy Spirit’s hand is on Unbound is undeniable, too. The other day 107 books sold in five hours. I’ve met or have meetings scheduled with leaders of churches ranging from 350 to 7,500. Every single pastor or leader I speak with reacts to Unbound with enthusiasm and the desire to learn more.

Yet, I still have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen with the ministry. I have lots of hopes and dreams of course, but it does feel a bit like Unbound is leaving the harbor. Launching out into an adventure that is too large to be easily defined or put in a box. And you are part of that adventure! So thank you for your support, for your encouragement, and especially for your prayers. If you have not already, please consider joining the weekly intercession team for Unbound. I will be sending out a more detailed prayer email on a weekly basis to this designated intercessor group with updates, details, and specific areas for prayer coverage that week. Click here to sign up. Thank you so much!