By: Gabriela Yareliz
Give it all up.
I am reading Wide Awake by Erwin McManus, and I am in the chapter called The Believer.
He dissects the life of Abraham and Moses, and how God essentially told both of them, “I have provided all this for you. Now I am asking you to give it all up for me. You can settle for all you have, but you should expect more.” He often asks us to give up the lives He has blessed us with or the comfort and security we have for the life we were created to live.
McManus describes a time when God blessed him with a better job and paycheck and then God tells him to leave it all behind and enter the unknown. McManus says when this happens, we sometimes pause and think— “You’re not supposed to get to the top and then drop off a cliff on the other side.”
McManus continues saying, “What can happen is the things God has blessed us with become an anchor that keeps us grounded ashore rather than launching us out into His dream for us. Kim and I would have never experienced all the wonderful things God had for us if we had held on to what we had simply because we couldn’t see what was coming. […] The unknown with God is always better than the known without Him.”
Sometimes, we hit those seasons when we are called to leave comfort for what God has dreamed for us. And while that is scary and we face what may seem like less or uncertainty, we can be sure we will find Him standing beside us on the other side. Faith pushes us to live God’s dream for us, it’s not about us imposing our vision onto God.
May we have the courage to meet Him off the cliff, on the other side. Parachute ready.