“Are you ready?” My friend shouted back at me, her feet searching for the peddles beneath her. I’d been cycling behind her for the past hour, making our way through the surrounding villages of our hometown. She’s a keen cyclist and had suggested the idea with a bright smile on her face, convincing me that I would surely have the best time. Being totally naive, I had agreed to the most stressful and exhausting hour of my life.
The question had barely even registered in my thoughts before she pushed off and began cycling around the busy roundabout.
“Noooooo, wait!” I called after her, my eyes wide at the amount of cars speeding around the busiest roundabout in our town. But she had already gone, and I knew that I couldn’t wait much longer otherwise I’d be in even more of a dilemma, being by myself. So I took a deep breath and bit my lower lip as I followed my friend through the thick crowd of cars. Only a short while after we had made our way around the roundabout did I breathe out and celebrate the fact that all my limbs were still in tact.
I wonder how many times I’ve had a similar response to God calling me to follow Him down a challenging path – where all I’ve wanted to do was call out with wide eyes and an anxious heart, noooo!
Following Christ isn’t easy. It’s not a smooth-sailing road. It’s an on-going journey, with new bends, hills and hazards all along the way.
I’m reminded of a verse in Psalms that explains it perfectly.
Psalm 19:8 – His commands, how they challenge us to keep close to his heart.
We don’t ever arrive at an end destination when it comes to our faith. There isn’t a day here on earth when we’ll have made it. Sure, we’ve made it to His love and grace. But He wants to give us so much more. He wants us to learn, to trust and to walk out in faith. He wants to put us to use and He wants us to put His glory on show for the rest of the world.
That kind of growth can only happen through challenges. So that’s exactly what He does – He challenges us through His commands. He challenges the bitterness in our hearts when He calls us to forgive the person that hurt us. He challenges the comfort-zone within us when He calls us to step out and do something different. He challenges the restlessness within us when He tells us to wait on His Word. He challenges the pride within us when he calls us to serve and love the broken.
These challenges teach us to keep close to Him. To trust in Him. To follow Him wholeheartedly and to become more like Him each and every day.
The road ahead may seem impossible and completely daunting, but there isn’t a greater God to follow. There isn’t a safer God to have right in front of you. There isn’t a wiser or more knowledgeable God to trust when it comes to timing and provision.
Trust His voice when He calls you to step out and follow him.
Have a heart that forever cries out to Him, wherever You go, I’ll go too.