When I was quite small, my family would vacation at a resort in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. I clearly remember standing at the edge of the pool facing my father who was standing in the water. Repeatedly, he encouraged me to jump into the pool. No matter what he said to reassure me, I was just too afraid to take the leap. Looking back, I wonder if my father was hurt because I didn't trust him to keep me safe. My father and I should've had a lot of fun that day and I would have learned that he was worthy of my trust, but instead, I stood paralyzed by fear.
We are so afraid of getting hurt, afraid of looking foolish, afraid of losing control, afraid of change, new surroundings and new ways of doing things. We love to stay where everything seems safe, familiar and comfortable. So why does the God who loves us so dearly want us let go of what is familiar, and comfortable? Why does He call us to step out into the unknown? Because that is where we will learn to trust His love, wisdom and power. He wants to take us to the place where we are fully aware, sometimes painfully aware, of how very much we need Him. The Lord wants to take us through things which, in the end, will bring Him honor and glory because He did what only God can do in our lives. As a result, our trust in our heavenly Father will be stronger than ever.
In the chorus of a song entitled Sails, the singer tells God, "I let out the sails of my heart". What a beautiful, poetic way of expressing yieldedness to God. It shows trust in God's perfect will as you allow Him to take you where He wants you to go, propelled by the wind of the Holy Spirit. As He leads and empowers you, you will leave the harbor of false security and embark on a wonderful journey of faith with Jesus by your side.. Bon Voyage!