Yesterday’s Beach Scene (after the swim)
What if someone came up to you and told you that you could live the life you were created to live but you had to say goodbye to the most precious thing you have in this world?
Would you do it?
The most precious thing in the world to you could be something like “to be in control”.
Would you do it?
Toward the end of Sunday’s service at church our Pastor challenged us to surrender our “Plan B’s” for God’s perfect “Plan A” for our lives. I raised my hand for prayer. It was a two-part prayer. The first part was to stop being held back by fear of the unknown and the follow up to that – the second part – was to step into whatever God has for me.
The next day came a lesson to back this up at a family beach day. After spending some time in the water I started to head back to the shore when a massively strong wave came crushing behind me and knocked me over with a force I’v never felt. All of a sudden I was underwater heading toward the shore cutting through the water like I had been shot out of a cannon. I tried to reach down with my arms and legs to stop myself -to control what was happening – but as much as I tried to stop it, I couldn’t. The force of the wave was too much for me. Then a joyfulness just flowed through my whole body as I landed safely on the shore (in a seated position which was weird). As soon as I was placed abruptly but safely back on the shore I burst out laughing so hard and so full. I loved the feeling of being propelled like that. The fact that I couldn’t control it was liberating.
I had this feeling that God was teaching me something about letting His power propel me in the direction He has for my life, for all our lives. Letting go and letting God is scary and unknown, but there is JOY. There’s no other way to get it the joy. It’s only found right there in living the life of letting go and conquering fear.
So back to the original question…if you knew that you could trust God with your whole life, and He would propel into an adventure with Him of discovery and glory and freedom, would you do it?
I answered yes that Sunday in church and have answered yes these days that followed. I don’t know what’s next because of this, but I do know that the force behind me is stronger than my fight to control and in that I find safety. I know I will find myself safely on a shore that He’s taken me to.
Good night and see you on those shores!
With all my heart,
But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going. John 6:20-21
P.S. Happy birthday to my husband, Mario! I had so much fun swimming with you yesterday! I loved this little video my Iphone created from your birthday two years ago!