The story is told of a man who wanted to cross a lake. It was winter and the lake appeared to be frozen solid. However, he was uncertain about its reliability. So he dropped to his knees and began to crawl. It was a slow journey and a difficult task.
Midway, he heard a loud noise and turned his head to see what was happening. What he witnessed was a man cheering on four horses from his wagon seat. This was a man who knew the lake and knew the ice was trustworthy. And he was thoroughly enjoying his journey across the lake.
While one man crawled at a slow pace with a great deal of effort, the other man raced across effortlessly. While one man was fearful, the other man trusted the solid foundation. While one man was exhausting himself with his task, the other man was filled with joy on his journey.
As a follower of Jesus, I want to be like the second man.
One who knows and trusts.
One who doesn’t give into the desire for security.
One who throws needless caution aside and says, “I’m going to enjoy this journey with Him.”
One who doesn’t strive but rather, confidently runs this race of life.
One who believes in the deepest recesses of my spirit that my Father’s love for me is deep enough to sustain and carry me safely to the other side. I want to “have the power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3: 18).
Everything else on this earth pales in comparison to this kind of journey.
May I be the kind of follower that trusts so much that I run the race with the joy set before me. The foundation is deep and solid. He will not fail me.
So watch out world. He’s up to something. Always is. And I’m climbing into His wagon.
More to come!