There’s a grace when the heart is under fire, another way when the walls are closing in, and when I look at the space between where I used to be and this reckoning, I know I will never be alone. (Hillsong lyrics by Chris Davenport and Joel Houston)
Courage isn’t the absence of fear.
This we know.
From the beginning – long before the beginning – God had a plan. And yes, the plan included a huge problem. Because it was the problem that necessitated the Redeemer, the problem that begged a solution.
When the Savior was prophesied, Scripture says He would make crooked paths straight and deserts bloom… and rough places on this journey will be made smooth (Isaiah 40).
This is the same chapter where God says, my situation is not being overlooked or ignored. If I don’t give up, when I wait on Him, my strength will be renewed, and I will soar above all my impossible circumstances on the wings of possibility.
On the wings of knowing the God of the impossible.
It’s a different way of seeing, and a different way of believing. And a crazy different way of living.
Choosing brave instead of fear.
Choosing calm instead of worry.
Choosing to smile in the presence of the enemy.
Choosing to hope when it’s still hours before sunrise.
This place of waiting is exactly where God’s refining my character and revealing another facet of His character. And He knows that if we experience it personally, as He engraves the truth on our mind and heart, in the pain of learning our vision becomes clearer and our understanding grows.
We get it.
And then we want to share it.
Peter’s idea was ludicrous… to walk on the water just to be with Jesus?!?! This should be interesting, the other disciples might have thought.
Jesus not only said, Go for it! (Actually, He told Peter, Yes, come. Basically the same thing.) Jesus then rebuked him when he started sinking. Where’s your faith?
It’s very possible that Jesus planned to take Peter with Him the rest of the way to the shore, three to four miles more across the Sea of Galilee. Jesus wasn’t criticizing. You idiot, you failed!
But rather, Look at what we could have accomplished together, if only you had greater faith.
Peter had the faith – for a short time. Until he was overcome by fear. What in the world was I thinking?!?
He never got the chance again.
But over the years as his faith grew, he was given other chances to be in the very presence of a mighty work of God.
How often do I miss the miracle of God’s dream becoming reality in my life, because I’m not willing to be challenged?
How many times do we miss out on witnessing the impossible turned into a miraculous possibility, and being right in the middle of the action while God works as only He can?
How much do we miss by listening to what’s logical and staying comfortable, inside the boat. Instead of seeing the vision and realizing the potential that’s there where Jesus is, outside the boat?
My stepping toward Him in faith, especially when there are walls of water surrounding me, or swirling black clouds above and churning waves threatening to pull me under, is the best place to be. Always.
When Jesus beckons, Come, I don’t want to miss it.
Every time we move by faith toward the impossible, others will see the kind of God He is – and many will turn to Him, inspired by our faith in the Almighty.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
He has an amazing work He wants to do on our behalf, but we have to believe. And nothing pleases Him more.
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. – Psalm 9:10
His Word + my faith = something amazing’s about to happen!
“Here’s the really good news: That when ruptures are healed, when they are effectively repaired, the connection is made even stronger.” – Dr. Curt Thompson
Eden experienced a rupture — one that would reverberate for thousands of years. But God had a plan – a dream for humanity that was overflowing with possibility and potential for deeper relationship. For victory over darkness and death. For a salvation like no other.
Every day we’re given the power of choice. God urges us to choose Him, and to open ourselves to the dreams He has for us. It won’t be comfortable (or logical or predictable), and it may not look anything like we expect…
But it will be so worth it.