Friday, January 22, 2016

What Are You Waiting For?

I have dreams. I mean big dreams. I mean gigantically huge dreams. 

And sometimes the overwhelming weight of those monstrous dreams can get to me. They can affect my willingness to push forward. The idea that I may chase after a dream and fail can, at times, be all too much to handle.

I always recognized my fear of failure. I always knew that if I put my all into a dream and fell flat on my face, it was going to knock me off my base. But I realized something so important about myself last year as I was reading through Lara Casey's book Make it Happen. I was not only afraid to fail, I was even more afraid to succeed.


This honestly had never occurred to me before. Who could possibly be afraid of success? But as I dove deeper into the book, I allowed my heart to listen to the questions she was asking. 

Are you afraid of succeeding because of all the added pressure that will be put on your shoulders? Does it scare you to do well and then have to continue to build that success through the years??

Well....kinda...yeah.

Pressure can get to all of us sometimes and it can weigh as down just as much as the fear of failure. What if I follow a call that God has placed on my life and succeed? Does that mean He is going to place something even larger on my life? Is He going to ask me to do even more scary things that I just don't know if I can handle them?

Well....yeah. He probably will.

God is forever trying to build me. To mold me. To make me the strong person I was created to be from the beginning of time. And it's ok if I can't handle what He is asking of me because if I could then I wouldn't need God in my life.

God puts the scary right in front of us so that we can face it head on with Him by our side.

I'm reminded of this every time I read Matthew 14. The disciples, sleep deprived and scared from the raging seas, look out and notice what they think is a ghost headed toward them. So they are like shaking in their sandals....scared to death of what is in front of them.

Jesus however calls out to them. Now by this point, after walking with the man for quite a while, they knew the masters voice. They knew he was calling to them. But they still doubted. Peter says to Jesus,

"Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water"

And Jesus is all like, "Get your butt over here!" (this is the new slang version). So Peter gets out of the boat and walks on water!!

Can you imagine seeing your bestie just taking a stroll with Jesus on wind tossed water?? What a sight that would have been from the boat! Can you imagine being Peter?? Taking that leap of faith and getting out of the boat?? Just to see yourself standing on the seas!

And still even as Peter is out of the boat, with his feet safely resting above the waves, he begins to doubt again. He is succeeding at what God had asked him to do and he is in panic mode. He is now completely out of the boat. No more safety net, that he can see, to catch him if he sinks. And he begins to do just that....sink!

Peter really does show the human side of us all. We take that leap, we follow that God call and then we panic out in the open water and we begin to sink. But Peter, being the beautiful believer of Jesus that he was shows us what to do. He calls out to his Lord, save me!!!

The Word of God says that Jesus immediately stretched out His hand to Peter to take hold of him. So all of this miracle stuff is going on around Peter and he still shows us that, all too common human side in his fear. Jesus looks at him and says,

"You of little faith, why did you doubt?"

Jesus is telling Peter to wake up and look around....there are miracles to be seen and he's a part of that moment.

There is a piece of me that wants to play it safe. Doesn't want to try at all because of the consequences either way. But there is an even bigger part of me that wants to activate my dreams. A part of me that wants to see miracles happen so that I can stand on that mountain and shout out how God got me there.

Peter didn't have to get out of the boat, but he chose to follow God over fear (at least for a few seconds). It's time for us all to know our father's voice and step out of the boat and into the bigger life He is calling us towards.


What are your big dreams right now? Let's come up with one action step that forces you to step out of that boat and into your destiny. What are you waiting for??
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