Unexpected challenges..

Have you had any of those lately? I have. I find myself saying “nothing prepared me for this.” Life is not predictable and we are often thrown into situations that challenge our faith. Why are we surprised when it happens so often? Probably because we like our comfort zone..we want to put down roots..to settle in and feel safe. The truth is we are safe..not because everything is going smoothly but because we have God. In fact if everything is too smooth and predictable we may have settled into a rut..a place of complacency where nothing is happening. We are writing our own story and not living in the one He has for us.

God’s script for our lives has many scenes where there are dangers and risks and uncertain outcomes. He continually asks us to step up..to move out..to go forward..to get uncomfortable..to be vulnerable. To live life fully..all of these things are necessary. If we are to embrace a greater faith we have to move past our present level of faith..take risks that may seem out of control. This is probably one reason we can’t rely too much on other people. They may try to protect us or keep us safe.. when God is doing the opposite. He is calling us to something more that only He can tell us about. No hero of the faith has a great cloud of people cheering them on. In fact they may have more critics or sceptics surrounding them than the rest of us.

Is God calling you to put aside fear and doubt and follow Him somewhere new? Are you going? What is keeping you from moving? He is doing amazing things in our time and He is looking for those of us who will join Him. He is the adventurer and we are the followers. He is creative and a natural risk taker. We are His people and we are invited into His Kingdom where He promises an exciting and abundant life.

“Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith. The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God.”

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