My friend, may I ask you a question? Are you afraid of every curve in the road? Afraid to such a point that you slow down to a crawl to avoid what might be on the other side? That would be poor driving, right? How about living, or is that different?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
We live in an area with many hills, valleys and, ultimately, curves in the road. Some of these may be 45º turns. During the Summer when all the foliage is in place, these curves reveal nothing about what might be on the other side. I approach most of these curves without a whole lot of thought as I am sure most people do. My primary purpose is to slow down enough so that my Honda holds the road with all four tires. And, when I fail to do so, the car lurches into or away from the turn in such a manner that I might tend to stray toward the middle of the road at times, making me even more of a target for another vehicle traveling in the other lane than I normally would be. I thought about this somewhat serpedinously the other day as I was taking one of these curves. “What if?’ I thought, “What if there was actually a car in the middle of the road on the other side?” I slowed way down for a moment and then caught myself. If everyone drove that way we’d never get anywhere. Every curve would be calculated in such a way that risk would be evaluated each time we turned.
In Luke 10:40 Jesus tells the incredulous Peter, James, and John: “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” The glory of Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration was unbelievable. The three would not have believed had they not seen. Yet, Jesus reminded them that if they had seen with their hearts first, they would have known of his glory before.
Here’s a story. Did you know that, amazing as it seems, the African Impala can jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover in that jump a distance of greater than thirty feet; an incredible feat that helps it avoid many powerful predators on the African plains where it lives? But, here is the curious thing about Impalas. These magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with only about a three-foot wall, something it could easily vault over in the wild. It seems that Impalas will not jump over a wall if they cannot see where their feet will fall as they land. Since an Impala enclosure always includes a steep bank around it, they are not able to see the eventual landing zone from behind the fence. Fear of the unknown keeps them from trying to do something that they could easily do. (Unknown.)
Faith is the ability to trust what we cannot see, and with faith we are freed from the flimsy enclosures of life that only fear allows to entrap us. The disciples’s hearts were susceptible to skepticism. Was Jesus all he said he was? They knew now, but it took a transfiguration to convince them. When you and I drive the highways of life, always skeptical of what might lie just around the corner of tomorrow, we’re no different. Just as we ought not to drive with such caution that we have no faith as to what might lie around the next bend in the road, we should not live our lives in faithless doubt and foolish calculation either. We are designed by God to leap into tomorrow with a faith that predicts a safe landing if only we believe in the One who has designed us and guides us to take those leaps. Each time we take a turn in the road we are tested to be confident there is a measure of safety around that corner. Life is no different. God will thus test us as our lives so turn–be confident that a leap of faith will always clear whatever encloses us in our fears and keeps us from being spiritually free.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving calling us to a faith that has no need to doubt or fear. Free is from the fears and doubts that can creep up on life and keep us from feeling free in Jesus. Forgive us, Lord, when we allow our fears to govern our judgment and keep us from being the disciples you deemed. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day.
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