“One of the special marks of the Holy Ghost in the Apostolic Church was the spirit of boldness. One of the most essential qualities of the faith that is to attempt great things for God, and expect great things from God, is holy audacity. Where we are dealing with a supernatural Being, and taking from Him things that are humanly impossible, it is easier to take much than little; it is easier to stand in a place of audacious trust than in a place of cautious, timid clinging to the shore.Like wise seamen in the life of faith, let us launch out into the deep, and find that all things are possible with God, and all things are possible unto him that believeth.
Let us, today, attempt great things for God; take His faith and believe for them and His strength to accomplish them.
–Days of Heaven upon Earth”
When I was a child, my mom would take me to Airways to play in the Kiddie Pool. I learned to hold my breath under water by swimming after flat, rubber crabs and fishes that the teacher would throw into the pool.
Eventually, I got too big for the kiddie pool and was moved to the shallow end of the “big” pool. I would hold on to the lip of the pool and kick so hard I couldn’t hear the instructor tell me to stop. I loved being in the water….until I couldn’t touch the bottom and the teachers started prying my fingers off the edge.
“I’ll hold you”, they’d say. I could see them walking on the bottom (lucky long-legged grown-ups). I can only imagine the size of my eyes that moment I trusted them enough to let go of my grip of the side of the pool. Most of you know what comes next – they held me looser and looser until they let go and I began to sink and then paddle like a dog towards them – but they stayed just out of reach. I made it to the safety of the pool’s edge, and though I’m sure they rewarded me with cheers of admiration, I don’t remember hearing them. I do remember thinking that I would never do that again!
You know, I watched others swimming and eventually learned how to swim myself. I even ended up on a intramural water polo team at Clovis High School.
There are times in our spiritual lives that God calls us to go into the deep end with Him. I’m sure that my eyes look pretty much the same as when I first let go of the pool side – and then I learn. I learn that He’ll never let me drown – even when I don’t feel His arms holding me up. (Isaiah 43:2)
I don’t spend as much time in white-knuckled clinging to what is comfortable anymore. Don’t get me wrong – it still happens but for not as long. Today He’s calling me even deeper. Calling me to let go of what is comfortable and learn what’s next.
Here’s my prayer – I’m letting go, Lord. I’m all in. Eyes are big but there’s a joyful anticipation for what’s next.