One of the weekly hats I wear involves wrangling a group of around twenty middle school students and talk about what living as a Christian is all about. Some weeks we have great conversations about the why, and when of life. Other nights, we call it a win if no one “lets one go” during prayer time.
In our church we use a curriculum that has scheduled topics, and I’m amazed at how often the theme fits into where I’m at in life. This past week we covered a topic that I was really excited to talk about: Trusting God to venture into the wild. Not only does it fit my specfic brain and sound like something from Narnia, but it’s a tough subject for adults, let alone middle school students with their entire lives ahead of them. I tend to get more enthusiastic about a topic that I struggle with, and trusting God with my steps is one of those that doesn’t come naturally for anyone.
The Wild is unknown and uncomfortable
I recently traveled to South Dakota to visit my dad. He took us to a scenic route called Spearfish Canyon. The road dipped, climbed, and turned as it followed a shallow creek. Sheer cliffs walled both sides of the road, and for the most part I had no idea what was around the next turn. We saw lots of deer, a waterfall, and massive rock formations. If you’re ever in the Rapid City area, you have got to check out this drive! That’s the way getting into the wild works. Anytime you talk to someone who has been there, they overflow with the thrill of exploration. It’s the same concept with this adventure in Christ. His Love is so pure, His Mercy so ready, and His Provision ever Faithful.
When faced with the unknown, we tend to have a “fight or flight” response. You better believe I drove slowly along those windy turns. In life, sometimes we know the right thing to do, and yet we hesitate. We fear that our life may turn out to be boring, or we may look out of place. We convince ourselves that we’re doing something wrong. Surely God doesn’t want me to stand out.
The unknown parts of life can be scary. I’m not saying that obeying God in the wilds of life will be safe. As Mr Beaver said in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.”
In the Bible God calls a man named Abram to take a journey. Abram’s simple act of obedience starts a story that spans the Old Testament. Out of his faith a nation is born. The truth about obeying God is that we don’t know the significance of our steps. We often can’t see into the wild ahead, but we can grab the hand of God and follow Him into the unknown.
The good news is that God is always calling us to something good. Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10
The wild may not be safe, but it is good.
God is ready for us. But it’s up to us to move. We have to trust God and take action. As writer’s we send out submissions, we trust beta readers with our manuscripts, and we pour our soul into our writing. What is He calling you to? Do you need to dedicate time to write? Do you need to read that craft book you’ve been putting off, or is that book contract waiting on the other side of the unknown?
I’m ready to see what’s in the wild. Are you?
Have you taken a step into the wild and had God meet your needs? Have you ever taken a step that you thought was small, and it changed your world? Let me know in the comments, or find me on Facebook. I’d love to connect with you and hear your story.