I have all these GREAT ideas.
However, I also have these pesky things called limitations…ever hear of em?
I have areas in life I really want to go but for some reason…I can’t quite seem to get it together. Things I really want to do….but just can’t make them happen. And it’s not because I haven’t tried, to be honest. It’s just like- I wasn’t meant to go there on my own. And what I’ve realized after much trial and error- I actually can’t go there on my own. There is this certain sweet spot, if you will, where our human strength gets spent like our last paycheck. It’s a spot where God not only lives- but has fully taken over. He is not renting- He owns it. Like FB owns Insta. Like the US own Tim Hortons. (that one stings a bit…)
God has full control, total capability and has greater ideas than I could ever come up with. They are exciting. They are big. We wouldn’t believe it…even if we were told. It’s an unparalleled sweet spot.
So what do I gotta do? What is the MLS#? I totally want to move in.
Here is the secret but totally not secret answer: Trust. (It’s that 5 letter swear word some of you might have heard of before).
But wait, there’s more.
The tricky thing about human strength is that at some point it runs out. And the very peculiar thing about God’s strength is that it never runs out. In Isaiah 40:31 (NLT) it says “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” This is the kind of strength I want. Actually, I need it. It is in fact not my strength at all! The Bible calls it new strength. Very cool.
The act of trusting is very hard. Especially if we feel like we have been disappointed in the past. I like this verse that says:
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything
on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere
you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.” Prov. 3 5-6 (MSG)
HE is the one who will keep us on track. We don’t have to depend on our outdated GPS. We don’t have the foresight. He does. We don’t know the future. He does. Trust extends past how we feel and it turns into a decision we make. We must decide who we will trust. Ourselves. Others. Possibly the world around us. Or God. I choose to trust the one who formed me in my Mothers womb. Who fashioned the whole Earth and set it in motion. Who placed the stars in the sky. Who can raise the dead and heal the sick? Who can cause the winds to die down and make the flood waters rise? Who knows the number of hairs on my head and knows the number of grains of sand on the beach. Just one of those examples demands trust. And yet there are so much more.
I decided a long time ago that I want to experience things I can’t do and get on my own. I just think- how boring life would be if I only pursued my ideas. And my way. I want something bigger. Something unattainable in my own strength. When I can only think of A & B- I want God to introduce to me C. I want to live life- on the edge. Cause inevitably I will fall. And I’ll have to let God catch me. That is my sweet spot.
Jesus looked hard at them and said, “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.” Matt 19: 26 (MSG)
I wrote a song called ‘You Take Me’ on my new album that describes exactly what I’m talking about. Here are the lyrics.
You take me to the edge, when I don’t want to. You make me look over jagged pieces
You know I’m scared but I tiptoe to see a little closer. I close my eyes and breathe…
You take me higher than the sunrise, You take me further than all roads put together
You take me deeper than a secret in my heart. You take, You take, You take, You take me
You take me to my limit, so I can let go, of what I’m holding on to so tightly
So I can grip onto Your strong arms so You can carry, me away….with You
Let go. Trust God. He will give you an exciting and fulfilling life. The end.