I recently came back from a skiing trip with my husband and close friends of ours and I was so excited. Being born and raised in San Antonio, Texas I never had an opportunity to experience skiing or see snow. As soon as I got my skis on, sat on the lift and had an awesome fall off of it, I was crippled with fear.
I literally froze at the top of the hill and was unable to move.
After falling about a hundred times, my husband said we were going to take some skiing lessons and it was during one of my lessons that my instructor told me that my lack of trust was deeply rooted.
What!? I couldn’t believe the revelation my instructor gave me and I couldn’t help but laugh. It is just like God to use people to challenge me and call me out of my situation or current frame of mind. That conversation was a turning point in my skiing adventure and I wanted to prove to the instructor and myself that I wouldn’t allow fear to prevent me from doing what I initially had a goal for myself to do.
Isn’t it just like the devil to make you second guess yourself or make you want to give up when it gets hard? I learned at the slopes that it’s all about changing your current state of thought and trusting even when it doesn’t make sense.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
It is trusting Him with all of your heart (where your treasure is Matthew 6:21) and not leaning on our own understanding that gets challenging but it is when we are being stretched that God moves.
The beginning of a new year always brings goals and resolutions that people want to achieve. My husband and I have written the vision we have as a family, individually and financially for 2017. We have trusted God and have seen him honor us stepping out audaciously. Our vision is big and I know that I am being stretched but if I’m not uncomfortable, I’m not growing.
I do however have peace because I know I serve a God who honors what honors him.
“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7 NLT
I choose to be rooted in Him and not to allow fear to grip me. Life gets hard but God can move in any situation; never give up.
How can you let go and trust God this year? What fear once conquered can bring you freedom and push you further into your purpose and calling.