“Strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
By G.P. Avants
How do you handle risk in your life? I think we all want to avoid upsetting the illusion of balance and contentment we are trying to maintain. I know I do. Being risky and pushing the envelope can appear to be a good Christian thing to avoid. Yet, for anything to change in our life, we have to be willing to maybe take a walk on what some might deem the wild side.
These images are from a great inspirational movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I was watching this today and was reminded that this movie fits perfectly with this post. So, just go with me on this one and let’s see if it makes sense.
Water is life for our bodies. It can be nourishing and renewing when life drains us dry. In America water is pretty much a turn of a tap way. The average person in their normal routine hardly has to lift a finger to drink from this life-giving flow.
However, consider its source.
Water can flow from unclimbable peaks forming raging rivers and cool into musical streams of refreshment. It can rise from deep within the great recesses of the Earth. You can step into the shallows of the ocean and never venture to the edge where deeper waters teem with mysterious aquatic life. Water is such a seemingly simple resource that we have bottled, corralled, and generated into a tame creature that does our bidding.
Isn’t that like life? It has become predictable and determined by those who never understand it’s real purpose. Life that Christ offers pushes limits of what the world says is possible and good for you. He never advocates foolish or foolhardy ventures, But Jesus does beckon us to walk with Him no matter what the water conditions might be.
He asks us to walk into dangerous places and reach out to questionable people. It feels like walking on egg shells at times, or the possible crackle of ice beneath our feet. It is easier to run far from those risky places where we are comfortable and warm. Or do we leave our safe places and discover what God is doing in the lives of hungry and lost people?
I wonder if life in these times could be compared to a frozen lake. There is a man-made sign that states: Danger! Thin ice. Yet, written in the unmistakable hand of the Lord these words followed: proceed with caution. How do you interpret that?
Have you ever seen the movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? Here is a scene about taking steps from a comfortable safe life and into the risks of a real life. It’s easy to life safe, but it that really living?