Monday, April 15, 2013

Step Into The Water

And so it's Monday again. Last week was one that I can only describe as trying at best.  God does that at times, pulls away the old, makes me look my fears in the face and then picks me up when I fall.  This mornings verse is a familiar one to me.  He sends it to me a lot these days.  So, I'm going to share it with you.  I want to encourage you as much as I need to encourage myself, just keep going. 

Hebrews 12:1-3 The Message (MSG) Discipline in a Long-Distance Race
12 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
Do I think it is a coincidence that God dropped a desire in my heart YEARS ago to be a runner? No, I don't.  That He waited until the bottom was beginning to fall out of the old to start building a new foundation? Nope.  That He made me able to understand long distance and endurance and how much this spiritual journey mirrors my long runs? Nah.  He knows.  He knew this would be a long and hard journey.  He knew what and who I would need along the way to help me become the girl He's making me to be. 
What's holding you back today? Better yet, what are you holding on to that's keeping you from God's best.  Don't worry, I understand.  That thing you think you can't possibly let go of because then how can God ever bring your dream to pass?  If you let go...and let it go....then how? And again, I'm gonna say this to you today because it is something He is speaking to me as well.  Let go.  Open your hands.  Give Him the pieces.  Let God be God.  NOTHING is impossible.  Not your dreams, not your needs, not His ability to comfort and love you and make you be you.  Trust Him.  Let Him grow your faith.  Let Him show you a miracle.  Let Him make you the miracle.