“Jump! I’ll catch you!”
When my daughter was young, getting her from the side of the pool into the water was difficult. Her eyes darted side to side, quickly losing confidence, as her imagination pictured all the horrors associated with jumping. Only when I could get her to fix her attention on me would she find the confidence to bend her knees and spring off the side of the pool.
Like my daughter, we are regularly confronted with situations that are overwhelming, unknown, or threatening. What does it look like for us to spring with confidence into every situation that the Lord brings into our lives?
In the bible story from Sunday’s Lenten video, Jesus asked the wealthy young man who was keeping most of the commandments and considered himself good to come deeper. Jesus asked him to sell all of his comforts and come with Him into uncertainty. The Holy Spirit is working on us in this 40 days transforming us to be the best version of us we can be and we can trust Him to walk with us into any uncertainty.
That step into uncertainty is difficult for the rich young man and it is difficult for us.
My daughter didn’t want to step off the edge of the pool, but you may have lost your job, just moved into an area where you know no one or have challenges at work or home. Maybe you are single and wonder if you’ll ever get married, maybe you don’t know where your next meal will come from. Maybe you have committed to make changes but lost your way and given up?
At one time or another, all of us will face times of uncertainty.
The reality is that none of us are secure in this world except in Christ. Nothing is certain. We aren’t guaranteed our next meal. We aren’t even guaranteed our next heartbeat. Even when we feel secure, we are incredibly fragile and completely dependent on the Lord for every breath. Lent is a time for us to go deeper and God walks with us every step we take.
My other daughter does not blink at jumping into a pool or river from any height. She steps forward and launches herself off confidently.
This is a picture of how I want to live — not carelessly, but confidently — springing with confidence into every situation that the Lord brings into my life — all that I need to do is turn to Him as I step out.
PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. You ask us to step out into uncertainty, but we can be confident stepping out if we focus our eyes on you. Our courage comes from you. Thank you that you are with me as I step out in faith today. Amen.