Is everything in life merely an outcome of some predetermined plan? Are we locked into a set course of actions because of some outside force or our past experiences? Does making one choice automatically cause one to take a path of self-destruction?
The accusation and wisdom is plain. “Can you build a fire in your lap and not burn your pants?” (Proverbs 6.27) The answer is simple: No!
If I take the decision to be centered on self, then the outcome of my decisions will always rest on the god within. If I choose to break my commitments, then my view of my own soul shifts. I can lie and deceive others, but I know the truth; no matter how intensely and consistently I try to deny.
The flipside is just as true. Taking a step out in faith with God always builds on the foundation we know as trust. Exercising courage molds our heart into God’s image. Exposing one’s self by praying, listening, or working on behalf of another always changes us from the inside out.
I recently dialogued with a friend on the possible choices we had in the future. Would we stay with the company or begin a new phase of life with another. Were the human relationships in our lives important? Did we know the level of our commitment? How strong was our decision? Were our actions indicative of our view of our self? Could others see and, as a result, have confidence?
In the last two days I have stepped off a cliff. The outcome is unknown, however I do know several things with confidence.
God is with me. He provided this opportunity and is interested in being intimately involved in my life.
God understands my fear. His arm is close if I stop to sense the assuring Presence.
God knows that I carry doubts and uncertainties. He also knows that I will fail to live up to my commitments. His answer is always the same; love, acceptance, and unlimited mercy.
God response is consistent, for you and for me.