There is a certain quality that comes from revisiting childhood stomping grounds and viewing the conquests of your youth from adult eyes. For years my family would go to Miner Moe's, a local pizza parlor that had the best array of pinball, space invaders, and other arcade games that we would pour our allowance money into. The best part of going to pizza though was the grass amphitheater behind the restaurant. On summer nights we would sit out there and my siblings and I would conquer imaginary armies worthy of the history books. The grass hill became Mount Kilimanjaro as we would hurl our bodies down it, rolling as quickly as possible. Small concrete ledges became 1,000 foot-high tightropes as our imaginations ran rampant.
The funny thing about revisiting those places that once held such immeasurable vastness is to see how physically small they are now. What once was an alpine ascent is now a small rolling grass slope. It doesn't make those memories any less epic. It still took great courage to step out of the safety of the ground and embrace the adventure of the hill and the curb.
One of the things I've been realizing lately is that it doesn't matter how high the curb we are walking on is or how huge the hill we are rolling down. Sometimes our life will embrace patterns of great consistency and normalcy, where to fall would be equivalent to falling off a 6-inch curb. The risk isn't very great. Others are taking risks that makes the view from the top feel like they are staring down a precipice; a mis-step that could send you plummeting. Both require faith. I believe that matters the most is that we are willing to take the first step. That first step from complete safety to trust and dependance on God is so important. In that first step we sacrifice the ability to control all aspects of our lives and release that control to God. Faith that doesn't do stuff, that doesn't take the first step onto the curb or the tightrope isn't very exciting.
Scripture: "He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. " Matthew 17:20.
Are you willing to take the first step out of comfort and safety and trust God with your life? How would your life look different if you kept saying yes to taking that step?