There is this great place that I’m at right now in my life where I don’t want to be anymore – the harbor. The safe place. While I pray for some people to reach this place in their life, this is not the place for me.
Now hear me out, because by reading the first paragraph I’m sure you may be thinking how ungrateful and ridiculous I’m being. I thank God daily for the many blessings He has given me in my life – but right now I am not talking about physically. I am taking about spiritually and sometimes they go hand in hand. I truly believe God wants us to grow in Him on a continuous basis and where are we going to do that? Where life is easy and it’s calm and peaceful, it’s going to be easy to praise God and proclaim faith. I am also not asking God to give me a hardship and a hurt – what I am looking for is GROWTH.
I think of the song by Hillsong United entitled Oceans:
“You call me out upon the waters. The great unknown – where feet may fail. And there I find you in the mystery, in oceans deep, my faith will stand.” Later they go on to say, “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters – wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander and my faith will be made my stronger in the presence of my savior.”
This is the place where I am at right – I am willing to follow God to wherever He calls me. Right now it is looking like He is asking my husband and I to plant a church. While we don’t know what this looks like yet and are still in prayer over the aforementioned – this is an unknown and scary place. I have lived in the Sioux Falls area my whole life. Both Wade and I’s parents are here, our sisters, our family and friends. We have a wonderful church home and brothers and sisters in Christ who have become our closest friends. Moving away to birth a new church in a new community is definitely a step of faith. It will force us to completely rely on God. But if Abraham and Sarah packed up and left their home when God called, I want to be like that and give it all I have.
Not everyone is in the place I am at – but I believe that when you truly believe and follow God you want to give Him all you’ve got. So what is it for you? Maybe the “great unknown” for you right now is just spending some alone time with God and getting to know Him better by reading His Word. Maybe you are being called to a ministry of your own. Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Think of the story in Matthew 14 when Jesus is walking on the lake to the disciple’s boat. Peter steps out onto the water in faith at the sight of Jesus, and then quickly becomes afraid and sinks. How far will our faith stand?
Friends, I encourage you to be in prayer and search your heart for the next step God is asking you to do to help you grow spiritually. What do you need to do in your life to help us learn to completely rely on God? The reason why I started my post our with not wanting to be in the harbor anymore is because if I am sitting here in my life on contentment I become comfortable in that and rely on my comforts of Earth to satisfy me. Or even worse – I start thinking that I’m in control myself. God is always in control.
Prayer: Father, thank you for all of the current comforts you have given me in my life. Please help me step out of my comfort zone with my faith. Help me rely completely on you with what you have called me to do. Help me be courageous enough to go out into the “great unknown” – into the waters. Thank you for your plans for me, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen!