Seems to me that we’re moving into a whole new phase of God taking away our ‘props’…. Right now, I’ve got some really great friends – 3 hubbies and wives, and a one bloke – who are in a life-changing stage of their lives. For all of them, they’re looking into that ‘dangerous’ but very exciting place of having to believe that God is the God who keeps his promises, and it’s a real privilege to be ‘walking’ with each of them in their own individual challenges.
The bloke – man, for American readers! – once stepped off the endlessly spinning roundabout that life can be – but then, through a process of events, got back onto it again. I was with him a couple of months or more ago (we’ve been mates for years, and I see him as often as I can: he’s dead ‘real’ – you can’t pull the wool over his eyes, and he sees through falseness, religion, and a lot of Christian-ese, really quickly. But, back on the roundabout, suddenly, in the last few weeks, he’s re-evaluated his life. We sat in his kitchen a couple of months ago, over a cuppa (how civilised is that??!); in the weeks following, he told me that he’d looked at his life, and he said, ‘Is this it? Is this the rest of my life? I’m 57…. is this what it’s going to be?’. The easy answer is ‘yes’, stay with the status quo (great band, by the way), troll along to retirement, and then peg out. I saw this on Facebook today, and re-posted it:
What my mate decided, having wondered if this is it…. amazed me. He’s selling up, and going to where his heart is, to REALLY LIVE, and to teach, among others, as many poor children as he can, to learn English – kids who’d never have the chance because of their poverty, or their background. I love it!!!
One of the couples made a huge leap of faith – this a couple with a young family, under 10 – to start a whole new ministry, which will involve trusting God for just about everything. I love it!!! Another couple are beginning to explore what the rest of their lives might be – completely open to what God wants. Guess what? I love it!!! And the other couple, having been through, and still in, trauma, are right on the edge of God exploding something new for them in their lives. I love….
I think I quoted this recently, and make no apology for quoting it again…. ‘The most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later’. Oh God, save us from safety nets!!