It’s the beginning of summer. Plans have been made. Visions and dreams have been identified. New faith ventures have been added to the bucket list.
But have you ever noticed that during times when you are about to bravely launch out in faith, circumstances become difficult? Obstacles appear out of nowhere? Or someone says something that takes the air right out of your balloon?
These are “living distractions,” and it is important that we recognize these hindrances for what they are: opportunities to put down our swords of faith and walk away from the power of God’s promises.
For example, years ago, the night before we were leaving to take our 3-year old for open heart surgery, someone close to us called to insist that our optimism in God was ill-founded. From the other end of the phone these words rang out: “Don’t you know that she could DIE?” We were not moved. We chose to maintain our confidence in God’s Word. The surgery went well and our daughter recovered quickly.
I am sure that you, too, can point to times in your own life when you stood on a precipice, ready to leap, and came face to face with opposition. Maybe it was a career change. Maybe your heart was beating fast at the prospect of opening your own business. Or maybe, just maybe, you wanted to move far away and begin again.
Now let’s think about our children for a moment. How many hopes and dreams are they going to see come to fruition? How will they scale mountains and achieve great things? As we hold their hands and guide them through childhood, shouldn’t we be teaching them these same truths?
Let us remember as we launch out into the deep this summer that distractions will come. But we will see them for what they are, keep our eyes on God, and march forth with conviction and purpose. Stalwart. Confident. And immovable.
- For none of these things move me …
- For with God, all things are possible …
- For He who has begun a good work in us will continue …
- For we are fully persuaded that what He has promised He is also able to perform …
Acts, Chapter 20: Verse 24
Mark, Chapter 9: Verse 23
Philippians, Chapter 1: Verse 6
Romans, Chapter 4: Verse 21
– The End –