When the Calling Is Strong
What God wants me to do I feel I must do; yet what He wants me to do I fight against. I know He has only good for me. Why is it hard to stop fighting, to cease and desist, to submit, to let go, to defer and lean into this calling? Maybe you ponder the same things.
It is a mystery of life. This walk of faith—Christianity is not about head knowledge. It’s about believing and holding faith. Tonight I affirm again and again God’s yoke is easy and His burden is light. This calling and purpose are not hard things to live into. As I hold on to faith, God steadies my feeble knees.
I like the phrase—“Hold Faith.” I borrowed it from someone else. The words evoke a sense of risk and audacity. Perhaps they represent the moment of truth in which we must believe against the odds. Maybe it’s the place where the proverbial petal hits the metal. This is that door everyone of us will walk through at some point in our lives. Will we hold faith, or will we flee in the opposite direction? How easy it would be to turn and flee; and yet in this darkness lies a God-opportunity. A time to behold how His goodness plays out in my life in ways that bring Him fame. It’s not about me. It has never been about me. It’s all Him gracing me with divine ability to do what looks impossible.
In the end it will never be about me. It is always about Him and how He always calls me forward. It is always Him, and it will always be God who instigates this holy pursuit that leads me to be all I’m meant to be. So what do I choose? Hold faith or flee? When the calling of God in your life is strong, it refuses to let you go. I mean, really, there are no other options. I suppose there are, but for me these are the two that matter most. Move forward in faith or crumble under the weight of my finite, limited humanity.
This is what it means to have faith. This is what it means to trust the Lord with all your heart, mind, and soul. This is what it means to not merely believe in Him but to believe Him. Hold faith. It implies strength. It indicates a rising up from fear and stepping into brave living. I sing these words in soft refrain over my heart …
Let go, move on.
Press forward in Christ.
No looking back.
Eyes on Christ alone.
Be still, daughter.
Hush now, and be still.
Perhaps this is the
hardest thing I’ll ever do,
or at least it seems that way for now. Winded.
Deep breath in.
Let it out.
Deep breath in again.
Now to believe Him, and let Him do His good work in me. No, it’s not the way I would have chosen. No, He never said it would be easy. He simply promised I would never be alone. He promised to be with me always. His presence is enough. He promised He’d complete a good work in me, and so I hold faith.
I can say with quiet boldness, “Lord, let’s walk, you and I— or rather, Lord, would you carry me through and strengthen me as we move along?” I’m pressing in, affirming faith with each step I take. I am willfully choosing to press in to Jesus. Yes, I am a little afraid. I’m human, but He allays my fears and reminds me I’m His, for there’s no need to be fearful. So I will trust Him. Willfully choosing to lean hard on Christ. He’s all I’ve got. He’s all I have. He’s all I want. There. It’s done.
This is day 26 of my 31 Days of Affirmation. In this series I’ll affirm hope, faith, truth, and encouragement even when life is troubling. Particularly the series ponders what it means to hold on to those things that are good, right, noble, honorable, true, and lovely even when life isn’t so pretty. You can read all the series posts here. I hope you’ll be encouraged.
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