Sometimes I feel so brave.
I hold nothing too tightly and am ready to leap at any moment. Change makes me giddy and I really, honestly mean it when I tell God that I will go anywhere and do anything as long as He is with me.
Moving to Oklahoma six and a half years ago was a leap. We didn’t know the “how what when where why’s” of anything at all. We just knew it was time to get out of California and there was an open invitation here. That was all that we needed! I remember praying that same prayer all those years ago…. “Lord I will move ANYWHERE and do ANYTHING as long as I get to be doing what You are doing.” I had been known to say “I would live in a BOX in the middle of NOWHERE if that was where God wanted to use me.” And I really really did mean it.
He heard me, took me literally (ha!), and moved me to a state that meant nothing to me back then but hokey cowboys and (really flat) red dirt. And also…. tornadoes. Okay, God! Here we goooo!
And it has proved to be the most amazingly rich and rewarding and wonderful season of my life here. I’ve healed from spiritual wounding, I’ve fallen in love with the Church, with community, with this city, and I’ve come to realize that everything is grace. I’ve grown to LOVE staying at home and raising my boys and I’ve learned that what I am doing here within these walls has infinite worth and value and is more than enough. I could never thank God enough for bringing me here during this season of life.
Once again, I find myself in a state of exciting unknowns. I find myself in the poise of leaping. What will that look like? No idea yet. Maybe it’s a newness here, maybe it’s a newness there… but I find myself standing with my arms thrown open, saying it again in my heart… “I will go ANYWHERE and do ANYTHING as long as You are with me! I’d rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked!” And I start to feel so noble in that prayer, so brave! Like I could fling myself off a mountain and know I would be caught up in the wind!
…and yet all of these feelings of faith and assurance come to a screeching halt when I hear a still, small voice ask me, “Yes, but how much more of yourself are you willing to give?”
It’s like, God, you can have my house and my security and my comfort and my STUFF and even my children and my marriage because You are GOOD and I trust you! But when I feel Him asking to come closer to my heart, to tear down a wall or two and expand things a bit in there, to grow our intimacy and die to self completely… I run cold. Fear grips. Backtracking ensues. I try patching up the floodgates I’ve thrown open in faith moments before.
Oh Lord, the things you’d find in there… I think we’re both better off where we are at, don’t You? This safe and chummy distance we have going on…?
All the while, though, I know the truth. The thing is… I can move to the most desperate place on the globe and serve the most desperate people on the earth in the name of God, but if I don’t let that very same God consume me and sweep me away and be my everything, then… I am missing it! Location alone, adventure alone cannot be my substitute for deeper intimacy with God… for letting Him call down my walls like Jericho so He can storm in. Nothing that I do, no matter how noble it looks from the outside, will have any lasting strength, any eternal value, if I am not doing it from a completely surrendered & conquered heart.
So here I am now, toeing the edge of something big, ready to leap, yet at the same time… really aware for the first time of what is being asked of me.
Suddenly, I am not so brave. Suddenly, I am terrified.
Sure, I am willing to surrender my adorable house, my cozy daily routine, my 5 year “plan”…. but am I willing to surrender my own HEART?
Even now, I can’t help but feel that I am better off here in my terrified state than I was before in all my confidence. I can leap in faith until I am blue in the face, and God will be faithful to catch me and be gracious towards me, but what He is really calling me to, what He has always been calling me to, is more of Himself. Always, always, always… Himself.
Will I be found willing? Lord, in Your grace, let it be true! Conquer this fear, and help me! Sound the trumpet and break it all down. Cause me to want YOU more than the next “thing”, the next adventure. Help me to desire Your nearness more than any other thrill that this earth can give…