Trust...in the Lord?
The art of living righteously without living recklessly.
I always wanted to believe I would have been the disciple who jumped out of the boat to walk on water! The truth is I am probably more like the other eleven who played it safe and stayed in the boat accepting my fate as the boat sank. But, what if you had that walk on water moment? Would you take the risk? Would you abandon ALL logic for a chance to do something impossible, even miraculous?
Stepping Out of the Boat
It always sounds easier than it is...you know, just put one foot out on the water and then the other. Voila! You're walking on water...in a storm...without a life jacket! Before you know it the question is in your mind, "What was I thinking?!" It's a terrifying moment. You have left the security, the guarantee and the certainty to follow the unknown! You may remember that Jesus is also found in that place as well. But it doesn't change the fact that we all have the moment that starts out in faith and ends in feeling like you're driving the crazy train off a cliff. I should know because that is exactly where I find myself at this moment. It's scary and uncomfortable, and the outcome is unclear. Sure I know all the "right and spiritual" things to say, but the truth is I am living in the realm of certain uncertainty. And it's in that place I find the Lord reminding me of Proverbs 3:5-6. I know...old faithful verses we have all quoted to someone,or for someone, at some crisis juncture of their life. For me, though, these verses have taken on a whole new realm. "TRUST in the Lord with ALL your heart, and lean not on YOUR own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge HIM and he will DIRECT your path." I add the emphasis because I want to point out some important principles for us to cling to in our daily lives. I say daily, because there really isn't a moment of our lives He doesn't want to be a part of.
We start with trust, which actually means to have BOLD confidence! Wow did you catch that? The writer of this Proverb tells us the have a bold confidence in God. We can count on him to keep his promises. When he says, "all things are possible with God.", we can walk in the truth of that promise knowing He WILL make it happen. Our bold confidence is our obedience to His word. If he tells you to walk on water, then it's time to get out of the boat and start walking! Our greatest regret is allowing fear to keep us from boldly going where no man has gone before. We mash look like we are riding on the crazy train, but in reality we are doing the impossible God promised. There is a certain boldness that come from walking in obedience to the one who formed the universe with a word. Our confidence soars when our faith aligns to our calling instead of allowing fear to engage our natural sense of logic.