The other evening I went running with one of my closest friends. She’s been an absolute blessing to my life and our friendship is probably one of those unlikeliest of friendships, given the fact she is so sensible, and I’m somewhat still learning about sensibleness!!!
Before I drove over to pick her up, my friend had been teasing me about making me run up hills…. I don’t do hills. I didn’t do running til February, not like the seasoned pro dragging me out as much as she can and attempting to make me run up hills! What kind of friend does that!
When I arrived at hers, she said, “OK so I’m going to give you two choices, and you can decide what we run. Either, we do half an hour of the hills; or we do an hour at the park.”
Say what now?!
What kind of choice is that???? Come on! This isn’t a choice! This is torture!
Sometimes life feels like that! When you have a decision to make but it actually doesn’t feel like any kind of a decision. It feels like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, and no matter which option you run with, metaphorically speaking, neither feels particularly good from the starting point.
But what often happens is that things aren’t always as difficult as they first appeared. I chose to do the shorter time frame…which meant hills! But actually – it meant walking up one hill and running around a lake at the top and then sprinting back down. It wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated. And isn’t this often the way?
The fear of the unknown causes us to put some embellished spin, a bit of artistic licensing, a bit of creative interpretation on what we think we are facing.
But faith causes us to rerase to be limited by this fear of the unknown, or the creative spin we add. Faith says, “I have no idea what I am walking into, but I trust God is with me, and He is walking me through this.”
I had no idea what I was agreeing to, but I knew my (so-called) friend did. And I trusted her, although we did waaaay more than half an hour! She knows my capabilities and knew when to push me beyond my own limitation as a new runner.
This is how God builds us. He knows when it is the right time to take us beyond our concept of what we are capable of doing, and lead us to the next level, where we will continue to soar with Him. It just needs you to make that decision, that choice. No one else can do it for you. You need to decide to say OK to God, and then take the step of faith.
Should you stay with what you know, or move up to higher ground?
The choice is yours.
But here’s a little tip for you: The views, sense of achievement and fresh perspective from the higher level are so worth the hard work and effort!