From Sea To Sea We Stand On Guard For Thee!

Sea 2 Sea

This post From Sea To Sea We Stand On Guard For Thee! is Part 2/3 in the: We Stand On Guard For Thee! Series.  You can click here to find Part 1 and Part 3. You don’t have to be Canadian to enjoy them, but it might help 😀

 From Sea To Sea We Stand On Guard For Thee!

“Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”
Habakkuk 2:2-3 NIV

Apparently, I’m not a very detail oriented person.

For the first time in my life…and let’s just say that’s been more than 20 years 🙂  I noticed that the Canadian Coat of Arms has a unicorn in it!

Canadian Coat of ArmsI started to worry about what the founding fathers of Confederation might have been doing when it was created in 19211 until I learned how the unicorn was a symbol for Scotland and also a part of the UK coat of arms.  So, I’ll let Scotland wonder about their unicorn…but even more astounding than a unicorn on our coat of arms is the banner holding the inscription of our Canadian Motto:  ‘A Mari usque ad Mare’ which translated from the Latin meansFrom Sea to Sea”. Every Canadian is familiar with this phrase; we’ve heard it countless times, but I doubt everyone knows where Canadians got the inspiration for the slogan?

Samuel tilley

On a morning in the late 1800’s a man named Samuel Tilley had an encounter with God during his daily devotions. When Tilley read Psalm 72:8 which says,

“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.” KJV

Tilley felt like the words leapt off the page as he read.  He understood that God was speaking to him about this new country of Canada he was helping to form. Tilley shared this revelation with the other Founding Fathers of Confederation and they all could see how the words of Psalm 72:8 described the Canada they had begun to dream about.

It was as if God was listening to their conversations {insert a sarcastic look here}. Their dream was for a country to go from the Atlantic to the Pacific ocean; from the Saint Lawrence River to the North Pole.

By July 1,1867,  when Confederation papers were signed, our nation was a far cry from the dream of From Sea To Sea with only four provinces; out of the future ten provinces and three territories, initially united to create Canada. A Royal Proclamation in 1921 with the release of the Coat of Arms embedded Psalm 72:8 into the DNA of our nation, but it took 82 years for Canada to fulfill its God inspired geographical goals when the last province of Newfoundland joined in 1949.

I really see the Founding Fathers of Canadian Confederation to be just like Habakkuk and the people of Israel from the verse above.

  • They took a revelation from God and adopted it as their motto when is was merely a statement of great aspiration, but with nothing to back it up.
  • They wrote down this revelation so it was plain for others to see by etching ‘A Mari usque ad Mare’, From Sea to Sea on our Coat of Arms.
  • They ran with it.  If they didn’t I wouldn’t have Psalm 72:8 memorized today!

Generations followed and kept speaking the destiny of From Sea to Sea, until it came to be.

Has God revealed something to you about your future?

Does it seem hard to believe it could ever become a reality?  Let Canada’s history be an encouragement for you today.  Begin to declare over your circumstances the truth of God’s revelation and run with it…until you see it come to be!

Prayer

Father…I thank You for speaking to me.  You reveal your dreams through mine.  As I ask for your guidance help me to hear your revelation clearly and not be afraid to run with it.  Let me speak out promises You’ve given until they are the reality You desire and help me not forget You when the dream becomes the norm.  In Jesus Name…Amen

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  1. Habakkuk 2:2-3
  2. Psalm 72:8
  3. Zechariah 9:10
  4. Ezekiel 12:25
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arms_of_Canada Website Accessed: 2017-11-13
  6. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/a-mari-usque-ad-mare/ Website Accessed: 2017-11-08
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Leonard_Tilley Website Accessed: 2017-11-08
  8. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/sir-samuel-leonard-tilley/ Website Accessed: 2017-11-08
  9. http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/province/dominiondates.htm Website Accessed: 2017-11-08

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Comments(4)

  1. Lori says

    Thanks again Sherry for another inspirational message!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      You’re welcome Lori 🙂
      ~Sis

  2. Christa says

    I’m not Canadian, but this spoke to me so deeply today. I needed your words. Thank you.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Christ, I’m so glad to hear that God brought you to the right place at the right time! He’s famous for that 🙂
      Praying you are blessed,
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

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