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April 19, 2013

Five Minute Friday

You know when you go to a swimming pool and you put your toe in the water and think, “man, that is going to be so cold!”? So then you decide to just creep in, thinking that if you just do it inch by inch that it won’t be as painful. More often than not you are surrounded by people who are urging you to just jump in. And more often than not, you refuse to believe that jumping in would be less painful that this creeping along.

What is it about us that makes us think that creeping along the path of life will make anything easier? Some decisions in our lives need much prayer and discernment, don’t get me wrong with that. But so often, we know where the Lord is leading us and instead of just jumping in we creep along.
“I just need some more time to pray and make sure; to be as discerned as I can possibly be.”
“I just want to have a few more days to sit with this choice”
“I’m not ready, God. There is so much I need to do to prepare for a.b.or c.”

All along the Lord is like our friends prodding us to stop moving inch by inch.
Sure the water is going to be a shock to us no matter how warm it is. (I mean getting in a hot tub takes your breath away too if you think about it.)
But even if you go inch by inch, eventually you are going to have to be all in.

That is what it is to say “yes” to God. To open up your hands to whatever He might put in them or lead you too. And obedience to His plan is us jumping in. Not creeping by trying to make it happen in our time. Eventually we have to get wet.

  1. Great imagery. Toe at a time. Faith and practicality sometimes do not line up do they. And like you wrote, we Christians have got our righteous sounding excuses down to perfection.
    Cheers,
    Leah

  2. by the way I have been looking for a good prayer good and saw your quote at the top from the sacred space. Went to amazon on just bought the 2013 edition. I dont even know exactly who the Irish Jesuits are, but loved all the preview readings I read.
    So thanks

    1. I don’t have a clue who they are either! This prayer actually came from an Advent book written by my old high school youth pastor. There were a handful of prayers from this book scattered throughout his…perhaps I should do as you did and find the whole book myself! Thanks for sharing!

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