Do I really believe, what I believe? Wait: what is it that I really believe? God is there, God is here, His heart is good, God is powerful, God answers prayers … Do I believe all that? Will I go … out on a limb, and believe that God is really good, willing to give me His best? Will God meet me there, out on the limb?
My questions about me, and God, and the limb, have become more pronounced, in conjunction with a new season that came forth … three to four months prior. I did not recognize it. Then, I didn’t want to recognize it. Implications of this new season? Here is the limb: to take some risks; trust God for what He wants to do; acknowledge change, the unknown. Alternative? Stay away from the limb, in the realm of status quo, and embrace mediocrity. Appealing as that may be, it is wrong, at least for me, in this particular “limb context”. John’s word from the Word, resonated quite a bit from the place of 14, verses 12 through 14. I read one of the commentary pieces, and I was intrigued:
“When blessing comes in your work, service, or ministry, it is tempting to accept that this is ‘all’ God has for you – – – to find it easy to stop and rest, rather than keeping your hand to the plow … Instead, refuse to allow the blessings of God’s grace on your work to lead you to think that He may not be ready to do even more in your life. He does not call (me / you / us) to attempt to produce more, but to ask and believe Him for more – – – for greater works He has in store for us to receive and, by His grace achieve for His … purposes and glory. Keep your heart set and ready for the next advance for His kingdom.” (Spirit Filled Bible 2002)
Expect Greater Things
I’m wrapping this up with an excellent 3 minute / 50 second film clip from a great movie … a movie entitled “Never Cry Wolf”. This film is about a biologist, “Tyler”, who is being dropped off in the Canadian Arctic wilderness, for the purpose of studying Arctic wolves. The bush pilot, a guy named “Rosie”, drinks too much, is looking for adventure, because he is sick of boredom.
Another film clip that I could not find shows Rosie, the bush pilot landing the plane, but keeping the engine running … Rosie (literally) tossing out all of Tyler’s possessions on to the thick ice of the lake, while Tyler is in shock because of the cold temperatures, and the intimidation of being in the middle of the Canadian Arctic wilderness, alone. Tyler tries to delay Rosie with questions, but all Rosie can do is laugh and say “Just keep moving, Tyler. Just keep moving.” And that is what we must do. Keep moving. Just keep moving ... all the while listening well, and trusting the One who will get us to where we need to go.