During a conversations with a friend yesterday at work, he said something profound which shook me to my core. “If God showed us The Stuff In the Middle would we take our first step toward the vision He has given us?”
Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law , happy [is] he. Proverbs 29:18
God places a vision, goal, idea, a desire in our hearts. We can see the end results. We may not know how we will achieve the concept but a true believer trusts God and steps out in faith…
But, would we take that first step if we could see all we were going to have to go through to achieve that which God has birthed within us? Probably not!!!
So to ensure we complete that which He has compelled us to do, He gives us a glimmer of the end results and hides from us…
Have you ever noticed that runners wear the bare minimum of clothing when they run? By doing so it makes it easier to run. Can you imagine how hard it would be to run in winter boots and an overcoat? They would get tired very quickly!
Although the author of Hebrews is unknown he gives a good analogy when he writes, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
We are running the race of faith. The race that makes our faith deeper and our trust stronger. And when we are running the race of faith in this world we need to get rid of the “junk” that can weigh us down.
There are no secret sins and you can not keep a couple of your favorite sins hidden away in a closet and think no one will know.
So Lighten Up…Get Rid of the Junk and Start Running the Race God has Set Before You!!!
Recently we spent a couple of weeks at Quintana Park on the beach and to travel back and forth to work , I had to cross a couple of really high bridges. Now for those who do not know me very well may not realize I have dealt with the fear of driving over bridges all my life. It begins at the base of the bridge and as I begin to ascend I begin to hyperventilate, my heart begins to pound, my palms get sweaty and as I approach the top of the bridge my teeth are clenched so tightly my head begins to hurt. Then this thought goes through my mind…
“What if there is not another side”
I was on my way to work one morning and I began to ascend the monster bridge over the Brazos River it was like fireworks went off in my mind…Just as I would ask myself “what if there is not another side”, I realized I continue to drive over that bridge because I have to believe it is going to be there. Common sense, Right?….WRONG!!! It is FAITH!
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
I had faith the other side of the bridge was going to be there.
Have you ever wondered, “What if there is not another side” meaning heaven? Well, let me ask you …WHAT IF THERE IS? Are you prepared?
For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
There you have it…you just have to believe in him…just like you have to believe there is going to be another side of the bridge!!! He loves you, He cares for you, He wants to rescue you!!!
HE IS THE BRIDGE TO THE OTHER SIDE!!!
I am now able to drive over the bridge without hyperventilating and sweating because KNOW there is another side!!!