At the end of the night I can remember thinking that I would be quite happy if I never tried that ever again
Reference: v.3 Then take the flask and pour the oil on his head and declare, ‘This is what the Lord says: I anoint you king over Israel.’ Then open the door and run; don’t delay!” (TNIV Bible)
Explore: Although it’s going to make me sound very old, the last time I went ice skating was 18 years ago. I was in Year 9 at school and we went on a camp to the capital city of Australia. As one of the “fun” activities we did throughout the camp, we went ice-skating. I thought I would have this covered as I used to roller-skate quite a bit as a kid. However I was so very wrong. The ice felt so slippery under the two blades I was supposed to balance upon that I clung to the edge of the rink for pretty much the whole time I was there. It wasn’t until I was almost ready to give up that I thought, ‘You know what Linda, you can do this, just push off from the wall and give it a go!’ Although I was still petrified of falling over and having my fingers sliced off from a passing skater, it was when I pushed off into the unknown that my skating improved out of sight. Sure enough, at the end of the night I can remember thinking that I would be quite happy if I never tried that ever again, I had achieved the best result when I had pushed myself out from the safety zone.
Application: I’m not generally known as a big risk taker as I much prefer to be in total control of my situation. However that is not always possible. If I want to stretch myself then I need to step out of my comfort zone. And let’s face it, the best thing to do in life is not always the safest. When the prophets were serving God a couple of thousand years ago, they were often called into dangerous places. It wasn’t that they reveled with living on the edge but they were obedient to where God called them to go. When it comes to our faith we can easily take the easy road of just doing what we are comfortable to do. But there are times when God calls us to go beyond our comfort zone and live on the edge of our faith. It’s at those times that our faith is really challenged and grows the most.
Prayer: Lord, we often find ourselves hesitate when it comes to big leaps of faith. May we be willing to stretch our faith and put all our hope in You. Amen.
In what area do you need to stretch yourself?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.