Have you ever set out on an adventure and halfway through second-guessed the intelligence of your decision? I once navigated a questionable “rope bridge” hundreds of feet high across the jungle canopy on the Gold Coast of Africa. Our guide insisted we send “the BIG guy” across first. I was up for the challenge; then, halfway through, as the ropes moaned and the angle of my body veered to the left, I began to question if this was, in fact, God’s will. LOL. There is something about setting out that stirs in us this desire to finish. I mean, why start something and not make it to the finish line, right? But what do we do when we realize that the road we chose to traverse wasn’t necessarily an easy street? Paul calls for us to press on even though we are imperfect and ill-equipped to continue reaching for the goal that God has set before us with the determination of a marathon runner. We must put ourselves in this often uncomfortable, sometimes dangerous position to pursue something larger than ourselves.
Are you too comfortable? Do you feel the urgency and utter commitment that Paul describes towards a God purpose in your own life? If not, it may be because you have chosen to turn back to a place of comfort, security, and understanding.
Had I chosen to turn around and forgo the rope bridge, I would have never experienced the view! The flora and vantage point of seeing from above the beauty set before me was a perspective reserved for birds; the majestic trees, the deep valley, and the water snaking through its well-worn path. God is calling you on an adventure, but He is inviting us to leave our bags behind. Forget what you have learned is possible, what you think you can accomplish, and lean into your commitment to step into uncharted waters. Stay strong in your goal of fasting and enjoy the view; trust me, it’s worth it!
Prayer: Father, please help me to see the goal and give me the strength to finish the race. I know that You have a plan that is bigger and a story that is greater than my past. Give me the eyes to see Jesus and the ears to hear the Holy Spirit calling me to an adventure they have set before me. Help me to unpack my bags, the ones filled with fear, past failures, and tired excuses. I no longer choose to turn back but to pursue what lies ahead, to chase after Your fresh revelation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.