Let’s Go Exploring!

"Let's Go Exploring!" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Let’s Go Exploring!” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward


I was made to explore.

Or maybe I was just born curious. And curiosity leads to exploration.

I’m shaped differently than my peers.

I’m curvy. I can bend. I can navigate difficult turns and negotiate impossible passes. I stretch. And I will travel alone for great distances for long periods of time.

Not my friends. They are straight and narrow, inflexible and rigid. They can’t make turns. For them, deviation is unfeasible. To stretch is to break. Their edges are well-defined and firm. They mostly populate in packs.

They’re good for standing ground but not gaining it.

My adventures are too fantastic for cultivated minds. They don’t believe in me.

They believe everything that needs to be discovered already has. They’re basically flat-earthers who claim that all that is to be discovered already has and that beyond is the dark abyss.

I know differently because I’ve been there. Abyss is my abode. I’ve discovered that there are whole worlds beyond their compass. Wild and beautiful ones! I’ve even seen other universes with my own eyes, if only they’d look up, under, over, or through. They can’t see beyond their claims.Their maps abruptly end at the edge of the paper it’s printed on, gilded with darkness, storms, and monsters.

They’re stuck. Stuck right where they land!

They forget they settle on the ground pioneers discovered.

It’s not easy, I know. It’s unsettling to wander unmapped and unmarked territory. But once you’re there it’s not long before it becomes familiar and it’s time to pioneer on.

I don’t dismiss the land my feet have trod. It becomes part and parcel of my ever-expanding universe.

I inspire a great many people, from artists to theologians… also known as unstable, delusional, and impulsive… crazy people and heretics… wild men and uncontrollable women. Like my friend David Thompson, an explorer who mapped much of Canada. I was irresistible to him. He bore me everywhere he surveyed. If you study the life of Thompson you would see that he is just like me.

So, here are some things you can learn from us:

  • The more incredible the exploration, the more difficult to get funding.
  • You will leave friends and family behind.
  • People will ridicule you.
  • Your team will struggle, suffer, and sometimes surrender. Most will return to base.
  • Supplies and resources will diminish the further and longer you journey from base.
  • There will be no maps to guide you. You create them.
  • Endorsements will drop the longer the exploration takes.
  • Disillusioned by the culture you left, you run the risk of “going native“.
  • Inner doubts and fears may become overwhelming.
  • Your discoveries, even if important, may not be well received right away, if ever.

Did I mention how fun it is? I’ve found open is better than closed. Sure, I love the comfort of my tent, but the moment it changes from tabernacle to temple, that’s when I break camp.

Because for me setting out is better than settling in.


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6 Responses

  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    Love that the Question is speaking! And great points!

    Even the past Christian theologians that are upheld now as ‘brilliant’ and ‘rock steady’, were once motivated by questions.

    Once of my concerns is that Christianity has become so fragile, and so certain that it cannot survive questions, that Christianity kills the questions before they form.

    We need to let the questions explore.

  2. “kill questions before they form”… YES!

  3. Susan says:

    Your question cartoons are the best. Exclamation living ends the conversation. But question living invites conversation. Thank you for images that remind me the beauty of questions.

  4. You’re so welcome Susan.

  5. Vonni says:

    Wow ..I can relate..