You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.
My wife and I have been talking about how often we have moved and how we are getting a bit “over it”. In fact, during our 21 years of marriage, we have moved 23 times across 4 continents. Crazy right?
Well we don’t think so, and wouldn’t change a single one of those moves. None of the moves were easy, but there’s something great about being in a new environment. New surrounding provide new opportunities and keep us on our toes. It seems to be a natural human tendency to gravitate towards what we know. Being in a familiar environment is comfortable and doesn’t really challenge us. I believe, that the only way we truly grow, is to experience new things. And the only way we can do that, is to let go of what is comfortable, and to “swim” towards the opportunities that lie on the horizon.
Now I’m not saying that you need to be as crazy as us to move so often in order to experience new things. You can live in the same town for all your life and still have new experiences. This is not only about physical moves, but more importantly, spiritual ones. If you and I call ourselves Christians, there MUST be growth; there MUST be movement that requires faith. And let me tell you that growing as a Christian is challenging. It means that we need to step into the dark waters of life, and swim to where God is calling us. It takes real faith, especially if we still have to wear floaties in the water. But the more we exercise our faith, the better swimmers we become. And the better we can swim, the less the waves and currents distract us.
God is calling us to trust Him – to move in a direction where we have no control. But that’s the point. When we have control over a situation, then we wouldn’t need God or faith. And that’s exactly why following Jesus is uncomfortable in our flesh, but it is essential for our spiritual walk. The world wants us to believe that it’s our comfort that matters. But we know better. If it was all about comfort, Jesus would have never been crucified. And as Christians, He is calling us to take up our cross. Carrying a cross through life isn’t comfortable when we are focused on the journey, but it becomes a privilege when we focus on Calvary.
God calls us to trust Him so completely, that we become unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble, if He doesn’t come through.
Have an awesome day!