It was a Saturday morning, the sun was shining, and the sky a clear blue. My son was hot and sweaty as he ran up and down the soccer field trying to score goals for his team. It was a holiday weekend and many teammates were gone, leaving my son the only skilled player on the team. I watched him play many of the positions alone while the other kids looked up in the sky, day dreamed, and wandered around as though lost in a fog.
I watched the tears run down his face and my heart ached for him. When he came over for a drink of water, I suggested that he stop playing. Though angry with his teammates and still tearful, he refused to give up. As he ran back out on the field, I realized something about myself.
I am not very brave.
When faced with a barrier or obstacle in my life, I immediately give up and turn back the other way. When the trials of life hunt me down, I cry with the Israelites and say that life was better in Egypt. If the burdens of my life are too heavy, I just sit down, give up, and refuse to take a step further. And when I experience discouragement, I walk off the battlefield rather than fight all the harder.
But what if I didn’t turn away from every obstacle that came my way? How would my life be different if I simply turned the handle on every closed door and walked on right through? How many mountain top views have I missed because of fear that I wouldn’t make it to the top?
The Bible tells me that God can do more than anything I could ask or imagine. Jesus said it only takes a mustard seed sized faith to move a mountain. What if I actually believed God and stepped forward in faith? What if I trusted Him for the outcome rather than on my own potential failures?
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
I have a big game in my own life right now. Some days, I want to just sit on the side lines and watch everyone else play, wishing I were brave enough to join in. Yet, I know God wants me to trust him and believe in the impossible. The very one who created the sun, moon, and stars can handle the weight of my burdens. The One who called everything into being by just the words of His mouth is able do what is impossible for me to accomplish on my own. And He who transformed uneducated fishermen into the first leaders of the church can certainly enable me to do even more than I’ve ever thought I was capable.
I hear him calling me into the game. The timeout is over, it’s time for the final stretches and to tie on my cleats. I say a prayer, placing the game in His hands, as I run right into the middle of the game.
Will I make any goals? Will I fail? Only God knows, but until He calls the game, I will keep playing…
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
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