My family and I are in the skies today… and tomorrow… for a total of 30 something hours. Whew. A bed is going to look real good pretty soon :)
My friend Meredith is here on the blog, sharing a timely word for when God calls us to something outside our comfort zone.
Have you ever imagined what birth must feel like through the eyes of a baby? Strange question, I know, but hear me out.
A baby grows in a perfectly peaceful, comforting cocoon for all of its 9 month life. To that little baby, there is nothing that could possibly be better! Everything good that they know is found right there, and they have no desire whatsoever to leave. But one day, everything changes. Out of nowhere, Baby finds himself in a cold, hard place, surrounded by loud people and strange objects. Nothing looks familiar and Baby comes to a traumatizing realization that nothing will ever be the same again…
I know exactly how that baby feels.
I have had many moments in which I look around at my life and see all the good. I see financial stability. I see good friendships. I see a good house, a good job, good places to serve the Lord. And then all of a sudden, God calls me somewhere that doesn’t look good at all. He calls me somewhere hard. Somewhere scary. Somewhere totally different than anything that I have ever imagined for myself.
But what that baby being wrapped in a blanket doesn’t know is that life is much more beautiful lived on the outside, and there are opportunities beyond birth that he never could have dreamed of.
And what I don’t know is that God has perfectly planned and designed this change to help me to grow, to teach me to depend on Him, and to bring Him glory in ways that I never could have imagined on my own. But to get there, I have to give up the good that I know and accept the greater that God is leading me toward.
All through the Bible, we see examples of people who did this in faith. For one, Genesis 12:1 says, “Now the Lord had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your family, and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.’” There were no more specific directions than that. God just told Abraham to leave his lifelong home and his family, all of the good that he had already known, in order to go somewhere greater. I can’t imagine how awful that leading must have sounded in the beginning, but in the end, God used Abraham’s trust and submission to make Abraham the Father of Israel, blessing his descendants with a nation and with a special relationship with God!
When I read that story, I honestly wonder if I would have had the courage to leave the comfort that I knew in order to place myself wholly in God’s hands. Would I have seen it as my Sovereign God’s working, or would I have justified my desire to stay? Which am I doing in my life right now? Trusting or justifying?
The thing we often forget is that God is never going to lead us somewhere to our harm. No matter how difficult the situation He calls us to, He promises that He will be with us and that He will work things together for good. Philippians 4:19 says, ”And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” and Psalm 16:8-9 says, “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure…” God promises to supply our needs, to guide us, to protect us, and even to bring us gladness and rejoicing when we follow Him!
So when He calls us to something scarier, to something harder, to something greater, we have to trust more than ever in the goodness of our God. We have to trust more than ever that He knows what He is doing and that He will get us through it. We have to cling to the knowledge of Isaiah 55:8-9 in which God says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
When God, in His wisdom and goodness, looks at our lives, what does He see waiting for us on the other side of tomorrow? Are we willing to follow Him there?
Meredith is the wife of an amazing husband, a student teacher to some goofy 1st graders, an avid reader and baker, and a servant of the King of Kings. She blogs at The Wicket Gate, a project started with her husband to help Christians see every moment in life, big or small, through the lens of Biblical truth.