Do you ever get so caught up in what you hope for that you lose sight of what is most important? I’ve done that lately. Well, actually I’ve been doing it for quite a while, sliding ever more deeply into a “pie in the sky by and by” mentality. And I’m not talking about having a more eternal focus, but rather a constant focus on wishful thinking for the future. Thankfully, God has pulled me back down to earth.
I’ve wanted some things that God has chosen not to give to me yet—at least not completely. So I’ve felt like a nomad in limbo land because of it. I’ve passively waited for perfect opportunities while real opportunities passed by me. No wonder I’ve been frustrated and depressed!
I’ve been reading a book by Mark Batterson, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and have found truth that is penetrating my dodging heart and hard head. If *Benaiah who jumped in a pit in order to kill a lion, could take faith risks, so can I! What am I waiting for? Perfect conditions? I don’t exactly think that jumping in a pit on a snowy day is the ideal scenario for killing a lion. But when the imperfect opportunity arose, Benaiah was willing to trust God enough to take that leap of faith.
I want that kind of courage—that kind of faith in God. I admit it. I’m a big wimp in many ways. I’ve struggled to some degree or other with fear all of my life. But I want to live differently. So, please remind me if you see me slipping back into “wimpdom.” It’s a very familiar and comfortable place for me. But I’m stepping out—Lord willing—into the pit!
*“There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it. Once, armed only with a club, he killed a great Egyptian warrior who was armed with a spear. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with it.” 2 Samuel 23:20-21 (NLT)