What had Columbus and his Spanish fleet felt upon viewing the white sand and lush vegetation along the Caribbean islands.
Nervous energy? Happiness? Relief?
Or perhaps the mouth-watering sensation of greed upon viewing the nearly naked bodies of Taíno and Arawak chieftains decorated in jewelry: gold nuggets, trinkets and morsels of food.
From the native’s viewpoint, they too must have been awestruck with their first encounter of bearded faces, shiny armor, and pale skin.
A variety of 15th and 16th century explorers from Spain, Portugal, France, and England would soon follow Columbus’ famous voyage, harnessing the wind currents that propelled their ships westward.
Coveting gold, power, status and recognition.
Columbus was on top of the world when Ferdinand and Isabella crowned him governor and chief admiral of the sea. He returned from the Caribbean with gold, plants, and a pair of Taíno natives. His name and discoveries made him feel glorious and powerful.
Yet Columbus’s 4th and final voyage wasn’t met with the ‘pomp and circumstance’ of his prior travels.
By that time he would return to Spain in chains, arrested due to his poor administration of Hispaniola and failure to properly lead and delegate the Spanish soldiers and sailors in the New World.
- From lustful power to the shame of defeat.
- From notoriety to iron-shackled embarrassment.
- From glorious ascent to swift descent.
The whole gamut of human emotions traversed Columbus’s heart five centuries ago.
Are Your Feelings Running Amuck?
Feeling: An emotional state or reaction: a feeling of joy; a feeling of sorrow.
Have your current circumstances caused you to feel a range of confusing emotions? Fleeting feelings lead to impulsive choices.
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:9)
- If you’re struggling to understand the WHY of your current season, remember that YOUR specific path is God-destined.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth when your feelings have run amuck.
If your heart is wrestling with stormy moments, tossed ‘to and fro’ in a sea of doubt, my friend remember:
God and his mercy, God and his grace, and God’s Divine power over ALL feelings which lie and whisper dark thoughts into our hearts.
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Etymology reveals that ‘Fleeting’ derives from Middle English’s: flete…flēot.
It’s significant because it means to ‘pass swiftly.’ It’s just what feelings and emotions do; they float away…to be replaced with new emotions, both good and bad.
Years ago, a pastor’s wife reminded me, “Feelings lie to us at times…beware.” My feelings were a reaction to flippant, cold remarks of a person in emotional pain.
Sometimes we are the receiver of good or bad words; sometimes we are guilty mouthpieces of negative words, ready with verbal ammunition.
Feelings warn us: Is this relationship healthy? Can I trust this person with my heart? Sometimes its hodgepodge hormones from our menstrual cycles which taint us.
- Hidden insecurities.
- Silly yard-sticking.
Regardless of the fleeting emotions that are vying for your heart today:
Let Christ compass your heart, God is your “True North.”
Search our hearts God…in the storms of life. Guide us when our emotions seem to knock us to and fro. We call upon you, when waves of doubt, fear, or shame seem to overtake us. We ask you today. Amen.
“I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him. When my spirit faints within me, you know my way! Psalm 142:2-3
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.” Proverbs 22:1
“Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Proverbs 23:29
“Feeling.” Def. 2a. Merriam Webster Online, Merriam Webster, n.d. Web. 28. Sept. 2014.