Dive in, a photo by andrea_sdl83 on Flickr.
You may have never seen me dive into a pool or river. That's because I don't. I have before...about 30 years ago when I was taking swimming lessons. But only because I had to in order to finish the class. I don't like to dive. Into anything. My preference is to wade in. It is safer. It is slower. It doesn't make water go up my nose.
Honestly, I have been wading in this river (of life, ministry, speaking, writing) for many years now. Though I have appreciated the security of being in waters that I could tower over, I have not experienced the fullness of what God has for me. So what now? God has spoken truth into my life. I have listened and want to obey. The call: dive in.
Dive into My Life. Dive into My Word. Dive into My Plan. Dive. In.
I want to. I really do. But my heart trembles and my mind races to the what ifs. What if water goes up my nose? What if I can't catch my breath? What if I am overtaken by the current? What if I...drown?
He whispers, "I am the River. The River must overtake you. It must consume you. It is only then that you experience the abundant life I have for you. I am waiting. Trust the River. Once you release yourself fully to me, it is freeing. It is exhilarating."
Where the River flows, life abounds. Ezekiel 47:9
In his book, Chasing Daylight, Erwin McManus discusses this next step in our journey with God.
"Is it possible that there is a place that you must go to experience the fullness of God in your life? There is for all of us a pool of Siloam, a place called Sent, a journey we are called to where things become more uncertain before they become clear, where our need for faith in God increases with every step rather than diminishes. This journey requires absolute certainty in the goodness of God while at the same time we relinquish our demand to know the details."
Lord, I am in over my head now. Please help me not to panic, but to trust You. Help me to rest in the rushing River.
Won't you join me in the River? Please leave a comment and let me know if you struggle with diving in as well. I would love to be in this wild adventure with you!