>> Sunday, August 16, 2009
It takes a great deal of faith to strap ourselves into our vehicles and take off. No matter whether in light traffic or heavy - everything depends on each driver doing what they are supposed to do. If one thing is out of order, it causes chaos, confusion, and maybe even a loss of life.
Some people, like my brand new driving son, gets very irritated in traffic. I constantly remind him that he can't possibly go faster than the cars ahead of him. But you know - it keeps his speed down. And last week he got a speeding ticket. Obviously he was on a road with little traffic and got a very heavy foot.
We travel on some country roads that are pretty narrow when two cars are beside each other. My husband doesn't slow down. He'll keep his same speed and get close to the ditch when passing. He has great faith in his own driving. (I don't trust his driving near as much as he does;)
I, on the other hand, slow way down and then get over, but not too close to the ditch. After driving all these years, I know my limitations.
Okay, so I'm rambling. What all this reminds me of is our walk with God. Each of us hopefully is listening to God and walking in the direction He desires for us. You know, our ways collide. We intersect and parallel each other. Sometimes we get to walk along beside or pass going the other way. We need to be able to step out in faith that God gives us to keep going even if we're scared. If the light is clearly GREEN, we need to step out of our comfort zone and do what He has for us to do. That's not easy sometimes. Especially when it's not a real clear green, like when the sun is glaring on the traffic light and we're not quite sure what to do. You know what I mean?
God gave us a very easy definition of faith: "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (Heb. 11:1 NIV)What has God put in us to do? What is the fire that is burning hot inside? Just like I wrote the other day, we need to catch hold of our dream, dust it off, and run with it. A friend commented, "But what is my dream?" It's that thing that makes you keep on going in spite of being scared. It's what God has been training us for. And just because we're scared, it doesn't mean it's not what God wants us to do. To get a good inkling of what the OT men of faith went through, we can read our Bible or even read out of a Children's Bible storybook for a quick summary. They had their times of fear and unbelief. How could they not? They were scared but they didn't let that fear stop them.
Now is the time for us to move ahead with what God has called us to do. We must walk in faith. We also need to watch the traffic signs. If the light is RED, maybe it's time to stop and get on our knees and see what God has to say.
Some of you may already achieved your dream. Maybe God will say it's time for a whole new dream. Feel the knees shake? Life is always changing. We need to keep up.
Pull it out. Dust it off. Dare to dream again if you aren't. So many have shared with me that they need to dream again. Now is the time.
Pull out the dream that's hidden deep inside you. Dust off the cobwebs. Ask God what's next. Then listen and He will tell you.