Yesterday morning, I went for a hike up a beautiful trail. As I got closer to the mountain - being out of breath - I stopped and realized that I didn’t want to go any further, because I didn’t want to run across some form of wildlife that I couldn’t chase off with my bare hands. In that moment, I turned around and took the easy route back.
We've always been afraid of opposition. We’ve always been afraid of the unstable thing. And, honestly, we’re afraid of the big things, especially when life becomes too much or gets too shaky than we're normally comfortable with. And isn't it just the little fears that barricade us from persevering forward? We're afraid of the big things in life, even though we don't want to admit it, and we often run away from them instead of running towards them. We’re afraid of leaning in, we’re afraid of feeling the emotion of it, we’re afraid of being vulnerable, we’re especially afraid of trying and failing.
Little do we remember the scripture from Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV),
"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
Or from Psalm 18:2 (NLT),
"The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.”
Humans alike are drawn to the tangible, the stable, the perceptible. I think this is why there are so many descriptives of God given in tangible form. And it is in these descriptives, God is conveying even in His invisibility, His whimsy, and His imperceptibility, that He is indeed the definition of what is stable, what is strong, and what is safe. But from the beginning of time, in order for a thing to be fully known, it must be tangibly measured or put under a microscope to be acknowledged as real. This has caused humankind to live such a one-dimensional reality. With this mindset alone, we have created a false knowledge of security and safety within our lives. We forget that the same God who created the process of a pearl, or the ability of a diamond to endure such high pressure, or the transformation the caterpillar must undergo to become a butterfly, or the most incredible of all - the formation of a human being, is the same God that created the process that you walk through on a day to day basis. He is faithful to accomplish and complete the process and journey you find yourself on. He is faithful to raise the roads to meet you and level the mountains for you to walk through. He is stable to provide protection and safety in the most opposing, yet, exciting times.
Opposition is often the thing that we not only need for transformation, but what will propel us into the next thing. It also looks like the things that make us uncomfortable or the things that are outside of what we’ve dreamed.
I’ve been asking myself a few questions over the last few weeks and want to share them.
• What if the big thing that brings so much opposition is exactly the thing we need to run towards?
• What if the risky thing is what will propel us into the season we’ve always been searching for?
• And just what if the audacious thing that we’ve been so afraid of is the exact thing that will bring us into a deeper experience of safety that we’ve never known before?
Believe me, I'm not perfect at this. I don't have it all figured out, and neither will you. But I hope that these questions will beg you to dive deeper, climb higher, and move further than you ever have before. Opposition may be the very thing that you need to run towards. You are braver than you think, you are stronger than you know, and you are more loved than you could ever imagine.