by Ana Martinez
God is so marvelous and magnificent. Jesus is our “Super Hero!” He came to save the day! The problem is we hold ourselves back. He is saying, “Take my hand and come fly with me,” yet we are on the ledge afraid to let go. Afraid to let go of what happened to us and all the past hurt. Afraid of the “what ifs.” What if I fall? What if I stumble? What if I make a mistake? What if something bad happens to me?
However, He is saying, “I overcame the what ifs!” All we have to do is follow His lead —though it is not always easy. He leads us through the desert which is dry, but He’s right there holding our hand and quenching our thirst. He leads us through the rough terrain where we might get some scrapes and bruises, but He is there to dust us off. He leads us on a rocky steep path up the mountain and we may become worn down, exhausted and fatigued, yet sure enough He is there strengthening us to keep climbing. He is there with us every step of the way, molding and shaping us into something beautiful. What He longs to show you from the mountain top is all of His glory!
You see, it’s not where you have been but where He is leading you. It is not about what you have done but what He did for you upon the cross. Once you reach the highest peak of the mountain, then you will be better equipped to come down and help encourage others to follow His lead.
This was Christ’s prayer when the time had come for Him to be betrayed and crucified:
“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
‘O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.’” | John 17:24-26
He is leading us in His love. There is nothing to fear in that.
Ana is a devotional writer for Voices Against the Grain, a blog and weekly online radio show aiming to advance God’s Kingdom in a “do your own thing,” society.