Uncharted Territory

Uncharted Territory

If nothing gets in the way, I like to begin every morning with meditation and prayer. My meditation usually begins by evaluating where I’m at and where I need to go, spiritually speaking. One thing I noticed is that where I am at right now is NOT where my feelings and comfort put me.If it were up to my selfish feelings and comfort level, I would not be doing anything that would draw attention to myself. I’ve always been the quiet guy – but not the shy guy, there’s a difference – and to do anything that would cause multiple pairs of eyes to focus their attention on me was not my preference.

I never imagined doing anything that would leave me open to criticism and evaluation. And so for most of my life, I was a Christian who always stayed in the shallows and never dared to venture into the deep waters of uncharted territory where only the bravest of Christians would go. Now as I look back and evaluate where I’m at, I can’t really see the “shore” anymore. I’m in deep water and at times I wonder how I got here and I start to panic a little, but then I calm down and remember how I got here.

You see it was the moment I started trusting God that I began my adventure into spiritual uncharted territory. But trust in God requires more than just acknowledging who He is and who Jesus is. Trust in God requires doing the things that He has said to do and not the things that we feel like doing. In simple terms, trust requires doing the right thing in spite of the consequences.

Trusting God can be a bit scary at times. Doing the right thing can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. But you know, the only way we are going to be able to walk on the waters of impossibility is if we actually get out of the boat and trust that we can.

Yes, by putting ourselves on open water, there is a possibility that we will make a mistake and start to sink, but that does not mean that we have to drown; it means that we have to trust that Jesus will not let us drown as long as we remember who and where He is. If we remember this, then decision-making is made easy. Trust me, I know.

I’ve been making uncomfortable decisions ever since I decided to get out of the boat and trust. That’s how I got here, and as I look forward I see more dangerous waters, more uncertainties, more storms ahead. But that’s okay, because that’s where the real adventure lies.

Matthew 14:22-33

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