Easter, Cliffs, and Bridges
I remember praying for enough money to pay bills as our credit card balance hung around our necks. I remember praying that God would give Lindsay and I a baby despite some difficulties. I have strong recent memories about God pushing me to start Joyfully Yoked. Last fall I made a massive career change, leaving a wonderful situation and a great business partner because God led elsewhere.
How many times have you stood before something terrifying? Maybe you had to speak in front of people or maybe it was as serious as cancer. Maybe the fear was longer term, like a career change or having a baby.
We have all been there, our toes grabbing on to the edge of the cliff as the wind whips around us. Will we fall to our death? This is scary, God. What do I do here? Just go?
Yes. Just go.
God shows up big in intimidating or scary situations. Just look at the Bible.:
- Moses - scared to death as he tells Pharaoh to listen to God or else.
- Paul - beaten, imprisoned. He is hunted like prey.
- David - Goliath. Enough said.
- Jesus - stood at the edge of death and jumped. He faced the pain of alienation from His Father and as He fell He grabbed our sin and took it with Him as He tumbled. Tomorrow we remember and celebrate His victory.
It is scary not knowing how it will go down.
God may have you on the edge of a cliff right now. You may feel called to do something that you aren't qualified for. Maybe you are facing a difficult life situation that looks impossible to get through. Fear and the enemy may whisper lies.
If our identity and eternal security is in the risen Jesus, we cannot lose. The apostle Paul couldn't figure out if it was better to die or live, so he lived like a man who was good either way. Paul knew that no matter the outcome, the Father had already built a bridge to Himself in Jesus.
Happy Easter, my friends. Because of Jesus' victory over the tomb and sin, we can say with Paul to live is Christ and to die is gain.