Have you ever been to the ocean? If so, have you ever gone out to jump the waves? You know the procedure:
Standing at a comfortable distance from the land, you watch for the waves coming into shore and, with perfect timing, you crouch down and leap right as the wave pushes past. The strength and force of the water lifts you above where your feet can reach the bottom and then returns you back to the ground.
But sometimes you can leap and leap until, without realizing it, you are out much further than planned and suddenly, your feet no longer reach the ground. The solid ground you had come to rely on is completely gone and you’re in over your head. The power of the waves took you beyond what feels comfortable…
Isn’t leaping waves just like following God?
Often, we welcome the joy of the leaping as long as we feel comfortable with how close we are to the shore, but what happens when following God takes you beyond the safety of where your feet can reach the ground? What is your reaction then? Panic? Fear? Anxiety?
This is what people consider the “scary” part of following God. To truly follow him, we step out of our own comfort zone and let him lead us out past the nearness of the shore into his depths.
God’s depths are not “safe” in our human terms. We want predictability. We want to know what’s going to happen. We say we like surprises, but not when it comes to our lives. We want to know what’s going to happen and that doesn’t often happen when we step out beyond the shore. The further into God we go, the less we know what will happen, but the more we know we are loved, adored, and protected by the Father who calls us HIS. This gives us courage – not in the situation, but in the one who calls us HIS.
We can trust HIM no matter what happens to us. HE is trustworthy where people and situations never are. HE has us kept so close that if we are floating in the middle of or sinking in the depths of his wide open ocean of love and grace, we are in HIM and we will never be lost.
So the question is, what will you do? Will you leap and let your feet lose their footing in what feels safe to you? Will you allow him to draw you away from the safety of the shore into the depths of His love and grace?
It’s so worth it beloved.
We can trust him. Repeat that to yourself as many times as you need to convince yourself. It is true. Then…leap. He will carry you out beyond where you’ve ever been and oh how amazing your life will be in the depths of his love and grace.