Sunday’s have been a time when I shared messages from others but today, this touched my heart and I felt as if I wanted to share personally with you. The post I read started like this:
Pretend with me for a moment. Let’s say you are on an island in the Pacific. Pick an island, any island, but make it a tropical, lush, and beautiful one. You walk out onto the porch and see some equipment laid out just for you. You know what it is, and you know what it’s for. You’re excited! You’ve always wanted to do this, but never had the right gear.
You slip into a black sleek wet suit, zip up the front closure, and most likely marvel at the way it holds everything in. Then you squeeze your feet into squeaky black flippers. I know they’re tight, but go ahead and wiggle your feet in. Next, you strap a heavy oxygen tank on your back. One arm. Now the other. Finally, you slip a facemask over you nose and eyes, and place a mouthpiece between your lips.
But rather than heading out to the ocean to explore the marvelous coral reef, vibrant fish, and swaying flora, you turn around, go back into the house, fill up the bathtub, and settle in.
I know it sounds silly but think about how many times you may have done the same thing. God has blessed us with many gifts and talents yet how many times do we run from the abundant life to stay in our comfort zone – living in mediocre faith.
I have done it many times. Always being behind the scenes, not wanting to step out in faith. Letting fear and doubt keep me from experiencing all God has planned for me. The truth is, we all have the gear we need, it is just up to us to jump in. Experiencing our pre-ordained opportunity (destiny).
How many time have you had the argument with God, telling him the many reasons you are not the right one for the job (or the opportunity or the calling)? I know I have. Lately, my argument surrounds my memory issues and how I am “not good enough”. Yet, when I stop and embrace the challenges (actually blessings), I am amazed at the abundance in my life. I need to take time with God each morning, not just talking (praying and asking) but listening to what he has to say. The message may not always be clear (brain fog has me struggling) but God’s message will come through one way or another.
I let fear keep me from God’s abundance. I let the comparison game keep me from stepping out of my comfort zone. I let the inner gremlins dance in my head and question my faith and my ability to know what God wants me to do.
Many are suited for great things and didn’t even know it. As a result, they live a life never experiencing the many blessings God has for them.
Here’s my question for you today: What will you say to God when He calls your name or taps you on the shoulder and says, “Now’s the time?”
Perhaps today is the day. Will you JUMP in, walking in faith or will you retreat within your comfort zone?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!