C. S. Lewis once said, “Everyone thinks that forgiveness is a good idea until they have something to forgive”. He was accentuating the fact that we human beings are in love with concepts. We love the idea behind a thing and all its angles. We hold up ideas like a diamond and turn them to admire each facet. We talk about all the things we want to do, but often don’t do them.
The same can apply with our daily lives. We can live our lives in bubble-like safety, void of any risk of doing anything different, all the while talking about how we would love to grow, or improve, or prosper in some way while remaining in a stationary orbit around our predictable lives. Yet the only way to get to fulfill God’s purpose in our lives is by taking the leap from concept to reality.
You only grow by leaps and bounds when you leap and when you bound. You can see everywhere in Scripture God calling His people to stretch beyond themselves. He called Abraham to a land he never heard of nor knew its language. He called Moses to deliver over 2 million people from a despotic oppressor in Egypt. He called Israel to cross over a sea, believe God for food and protection in the wilderness, and conquer a new land.
God stretches us by calling us to take the leap with our visions and dreams. This stretching even delves into the realm of what we own.
“‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it” (Malachi 3:10).
The beauty of taking the leap is that you are never more alive than when your feet have left the ground for a dangerous place.
It is said that a famous missionary was once chased by a lion up a tree. He was horrified, discouraged and beginning to question why he was deep in the African bush. As he was playing the waiting game with the lion, he heard a voice say to him, “You are in the safest place in the world because you are in My will”. Imagine if this missionary remained home and chosen to play it safe. It would have been the most dangerous place in the world for him, and like David in his comfortable palace, he would have been vulnerable to failure.
The tragedy of not taking the leap is that we become forever shackled to living our lives by sight and not by faith . . . and “without faith it is impossible to please God”.
God is calling us to step out of our morbid sameness and into our destiny. To do so will require a “leap” into the unknown. I don’t know about you, but I would rather experience that moment of instant terror that comes from leaving the familiar than to endure the safe confines of the predictable.