I recently finished reading a challenging book entitled “Sifted: God’s Scandalous Response to Satan’s Outrageous Demand” by Rick Lawrence. It was a timely reading choice in my own life but those details are for another post. Maybe.
I read this particular book in ebook format but that didn’t keep me from highlighting the parts that were thought-provoking, striking or even those parts that made me bristle a bit. (Let’s face it – sometimes we really CAN’T handle the truth!)
I keep coming back to a handful of the passages that struck a chord with me. I will likely be sharing a few of them in the next few posts. Maybe very few. Just not sure where all of this is heading yet. But this one I knew I needed to share:
Martin Luther King Jr. was embracing the beauty of the darkness when he said, “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” And we’re motivated to take that “first step” because we know who made the stairs, not because we’re sure of where they’re leading us.
When the author mentions “the beauty of the darkness” he’s talking about those times in our lives when we don’t see a way out of the circumstances we’re in and all we have left is faith. Those times when we can’t see the “light at the end of the tunnel” and we secretly fear that the tunnel may have collapsed around us!
I keep coming back to the idea of taking the first step without seeing the staircase (thank you, Dr. King). If I can see the end – if I have the road map or a clearly marked path to follow – is that really faith?! Those who are wary of technology may say that it takes ALOT of faith to trust their GPS. But not really. When I can see where I’m going I don’t have to have much faith to get me there and it allows me to be in control (or at least feel like I am!).
In recent weeks, my life has been an interesting experience because some doors have been very clearly opened and others very clearly closed while in other areas big fat questions marks seem to cover the landscape with doors that may or may not be slightly ajar. To say that my plans for the next school year are still rather fuzzy would be pretty accurate.
I’d like answers. A clear agenda. I’d like to have all of it spelled out for me; not only the actual plan but the reasoning and thought behind all of it.
But none of that takes faith.
Yeah, taking that first step of faith is hard. Maybe even scary. And you just might be too exhausted to even THINK about stepping. But to simply sit and do nothing is to guarantee stagnation.
So there are my choices. Step out in faith and risk . . . something. Maybe. Or sit and do nothing and guarantee that nothing will happen. One brings with it the chance for growth and reward. The other is safe and predictable and ultimately sucks the life out of you.
Well, . . . here goes nothin’.