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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Today’s post is part of the Christian Writer’s blog chain. This month, our theme is “Quest.” Please visit my friends’ blogs by clicking on the links in the right-hand column. 


I was thinking about the theme—quest—when my word-play brain took over and I thought about the word “question.”  

Both quest and question have the same root “quaerere” to ask/seek (Middle English). The word “question” is “quest” + “tion.”  

The suffix “tion” turns a verb into a noun. Question: the seeking (of an answer). 

A quest involves a seeking; a planned, methodical searching. It can be an exciting adventure, too. But it is never helter-skelter or meandering.

It might involve flying by the seat of your pants though. That’s okay as long as your pants have a directional locator set to a trusted GPS. 

In the quest to know God, our trusted GPS is God’s Perfect Scripture. It teaches us about the character of God. It shows us examples of right (and wrong) living. It shares wisdom and hope; unity and peace; love and faith.

Scripture is our ultimate travel itinerary in our quest to know God; our cheat sheet to help us answer the question of our quest: who am I in God? God loves questions; questions that help us in our quest to know and love Him more.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for providing us with a GPS for our quest to know you. Please show us more of your glory today so that we will worship you more. Amen. 

WHAT ABOUT YOU? How do you use your GPS (God’s Perfect Scripture)? Are you a start-at-Genesis quest-er? A daily devotional quest-er? A book-by-book studious quest-er?


by Pegg Thomas said...

I'm a daily devotional quest-er. I love the idea of your GPS. :) It is the ultimate cheat sheet. I know. I read the back of the book. We win who believe on Him!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Pegg - the trick with being a "daily devotional quest-er" is the "daily" part. And the devotional part as well as the quester part, too. ;-)

Nona King said...

=) Carol, your posts usually always bring me to external laughter, a welcome relief from the day's obligations to severity and seriousness. >.<

I never gave question/quest much thought, so thank you for posting this! They seem to fit together quite well, don't they?

From Carols Quill said...

@ Nona - external laughter is good. I'll strive to bring you to internal laughter next time. So happy to see you here, Nona.

Pam B. said...

I'm excited to be on a God lead quest. I love the ways He reassures me and encourages me. It has taken a long time to get past that what I should do to what He would have me do.

Victor Travison said...

Your linking of "quest" with "question" is an enlightening experience. I'm glad I decided to pop over to read your "unofficial" quest post.

~ VT

chris said...

I love my devotionals. I need to spend more time reading my Bible. It's cool how He leads us through the Holy Spirit too! Good thoughts here Carol :)

From Carols Quill said...

@ Pam - moving from what you should do to wanting to follow His leading is all about grace. Good for you.

From Carols Quill said...

@ VT - I'm glad you popped over, too. And thank you.

@ Chris - Thanks.

Terrie said...

Thank you Carol for your wonderful thought-provoking posts. I live somewhere between genesis quest'er and daily devotional quest'er. One thing I have found absolute is the GPS never fails to encourage and enlighten me in all seasons of this Quest!. Blessings sweet sister!!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Terrie - thank you, Terrie Girl