TAKE THE PLUNGE
I woke very early this morning. The sun was just starting to replace the cloak of night with gentle rays of crimson light. I stepped out on our deck allowing the energy of God’s Divine love to permeate my being. There were so many questions on my mind that had disturbed my sleep but now it was time to hush my thoughts; “be still” and listen to the gentle whisperings of the voice of the lover of my soul! Oh how I love these early morning hours alone with my Lord! The anxieties of what our future holds; the unanswered questions of how and when God will provide for us; the heart-ache for so many of our friends who are walking deep valleys of suffering all fade into oblivion as I focus solely on the face of the Lord and listen closely to His counsel FOR THIS DAY.
You see I don’t need grace for tomorrow, next week or next year; I just need grace for TODAY!
So many times we, as children of God, miss out on God’s “best” because we allow fear of the unknown to over-ride our faith and trust in God’s leadings. Let me paint a picture for you:
A father and his two small children are enjoying a summer’s afternoon together. He’s in the pool, and he calls to the two little girls standing on the edge to run and jump into his arms. One daughter does, the other doesn’t. The one, who doesn’t, watches gleefully, applauds, and jumps up and down. But when her dad invites her to do the same she shakes her head and backs away.
This is what so many of us do! We are living on the edge of the “life’s pool”, never taking the plunge, happy to experience life vicariously through others!
Preferring to take no risk, rather than any risk!
For fear of the worst, we never enjoy the best, because we say, “I’m not sure what I’m jumping into!”
This morning the Lord reminded me of this promise from His Word:
Deuteronomy 33:27 (NKJV) “The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, And will say, ‘Destroy!’
You see, there is a vast difference between foolishness and faith.
FOOLISHNESS is closing your eyes and jumping before you know there’s even water in the pool, or that your Heavenly Father has said, “Come, I’ll catch you.”
FAITH is having the knowledge and trust that the only way to conquer your fear of the “water of the unknown” is to take the leap; because the One who is calling you has been there for you from the moment you became His child.
Nothing is more important to Him than your safety, the development of your faith, and your total success in life. So in other words; TRUST HIM AND TAKE THE PLUNGE!
Remember what God told Joshua, “Arise, go over this Jordan…to the land which I am giving [you] …Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go” (Jos 1:2, 7 NKJV).
I came away this morning with the words, “Arise, go, be strong” ringing in my soul.
I AM READY TO FACE THIS NEW DAY WITH ITS CHALLENGES – HOW ABOUT YOU?