We were made for adventure. But, as believers, fear can keep us bound in a predictable life of limitations and insecurities. But Papa God’s love casts out our orphan fear and He takes us places and doing things we’ve only dreamed of before.
I’ve included a video clip here because it made me think of this picture Mark Hendrickson posted on his blog here. You should check out what he has to say there.
But I’m not talking about becoming some adrenaline junkie here, bungee jumping off bridges, cliff diving and kayaking down dangerous rapids. I’m talking about the exhilarating adventures of faith, riding on the waves with Papa God.
As I said here, God is calling us out of our comfort zone of fear and doubt onto the great big waves of grace in the life of faith He designed for us. I love how the Message Bible paraphrases Paul’s appeal to the earthbound Corinthians…
“Dear, dear Corinthians,
I can’t tell you how much I long for you
to enter this wide-open, spacious life.
We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you.
Your lives aren’t small,
but you’re living them in a small way.
I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives.
Live openly and expansively!” (2 Cor.6:11-13 MSG)
Jesus told us to have child-like faith. And children don’t dream of leading average mundane lives when they grow up! Like the child on the video…
When I grow up I’ll surf BIG waves..”
Beloved, I appeal to you now. The smallness you may be feeling is between your ears. God has called you to a wide open and spacious life! Ride the BIG waves. Live openly and expansively in your Father’s embrace.
Your heavenly Father loves you so much and is always waiting with His BIG open arms. You don’t have to hide from Him in fear anymore, all bound up in shame and guilt. Like with the Prodigal son, he will have none of our groveling probation speeches! He embraces us and raises us up as His son/daughter of the Most High God!
You are royalty. You are holy and righteous. You are perfect in His sight.
Because of Christ!
Not because of your behavior but because of His!
So why not get off that fruitless, life-sucking treadmill of sin-management and enter into His life full of joy, peace and love. For the God of Heaven has placed His royal robe on you, His signet ring on your finger and heavenly sandals on your feet (Luke 15:22).
Stand up and learn how to ride the great big waves of grace in your Father’s embrace. He won’t let you go or let you drown. And He will show you how to surf over every circumstance and do the great exploits and live the life of heavenly adventure you were called to live as His fully affirmed son/daughter.
Don’t live another moment in a small way. You’ve been called to greatness in your Father’s kingdom. As the song on the video says, “feel it in your bones…” It’s time to put your super-hero cape back on and fly. The Creator of the Universe is living IN you, and He’s the hope of glory.
I hope you enjoy this short video clip.
Remember, YOU are the child in this story…
And your heavenly Papa says, “Surf’s up!”