going for it

Posted: August 20th, 2009 | Filed under: God, life | Tags: | 7 Comments »

I’m sitting here drinking some French press and listening to Gary Go sing ‘Wonderful’.

I’m wondering if change made his way to your door? It seems he’s been making rounds. Did you at least open the door and hear him out? Did he stir something in you…something you forgot about? Did he spin you around and remind you of the dreams you used to dream and tell you it’s still possible?

Yeah, me, too.

I decided to do it. Risk. That’s what it is and I believe that things don’t change, move or become without risk. It was scary at first. I was secure, but in a place I didn’t want to be. I’m not a ‘signs’ person, but they were there. When I would ask for confirmation, I learned that the confirmation comes after the risk.

And they have. I acted in faith first and then little flowers in my new field started to pop up. I’m not completely off the old bus, yet, but my stop is coming up. I didn’t plan the stop and have nowhere to sleep once I’m off. I also don’t have the extra money for an unexpected layover, but I know my next bus will be along shortly. Until then, I’ll be a bit of a transient in need of a bath. I know I’ll doubt and feel foolish in the hard times, but then I’ll remember the words I’m typing you and I’ll keep at it.

Do you know what I’m talking about? Where are you in this journey?

You know, change will come whether you submit to it or not. You can kick and scream or you can jump and watch it happen from the sky. I’m the crazy person who is talking to you while I’m decked out in my skydiving get-up. If you could see my eyes through my goggles, you would see a crazy fear excitement. Listen, I’m doing this. I have a place waiting on me and I’ve been waiting on it for a long time. I just have to jump.

It’s all about you, now. Did change leave his number? Call him one more time and make sure you heard him right. Then stop being a wimp and put your goggles on. Don’t forget to tighten your laces.

Here’s one last thing. When Jesus told his disciples to go, they didn’t worry about the way it would affect their families. What Jesus wanted them to do was more important. They’ve seen people get turned away from a life with him because they were afraid to leave their security and they never got to experience the life with Jesus. It wasn’t always wonderful, they were abused as much as they were loved. But it was exhilarating to follow a man who went against the grain and they always seemed to be taken care of.

When Jesus sent the disciples to preach in other places, he stayed back and went into their villages. Only when you leave your security, and you may be leaving holes, will Jesus come in and fill the holes and do it better than you could have.

When Jesus finished placing this charge before his twelve disciples, he went on to teach and preach in their villages. -Matthew 11:1

Well, I’m off. I hope I’ll see you there. Maybe after it settles down, we can catch up and share our journey’s over coffee.


7 Comments on “going for it”

  1. 1 Dave Parker said at 6:16 am on August 20th, 2009:

    I am so there! I'm fifty something and feel like I'm on the ride of my life! So far, He's giving me practice jumps. I'm scared but ready to jump (or be pushed) out of the cargo door at 10,000 ft. with Jesus as my parachute.

  2. 2 Steph said at 6:34 am on August 20th, 2009:

    Thank you for sharing the words that have been laid on your heart. You are a blessing! How specifically? I'm so glad you asked. As you know from Twitter our little basket of three is currently working on getting licensed to become a foster family with the ultimate goal of adopting. We've spent the last couple of years considering this decision with much prayer. We feel God is asking us to "jump". While we have many supportive friends and family there are some people in our lives, whom we love dearly, that are not in love with the direction our path is taking. After one day of feeling like we should just forget the whole thing I read your blog post "risky faith". Yep. That one was for me. And today's post too. We as a family feel that this is what is in our hearts and we're going to lay our raw emotions out on the line in an attempt to bless another child with the love of Christ!

  3. 3 Debbie said at 11:50 pm on August 20th, 2009:

    I've been reading your story over at Like A Warm Cup of Coffee – thank you for sharing it. Oh what a Saviour we have. Talk about risk – opening up our wounds for others to see (vs. staying in that isolation as the enemy prefers) is a RISK worth taking. Your story somehow reminds me of the woman who reached out and touched the hem of Jesus. Thank you for allowing Him to move in your life so you can share your story with others.

  4. 4 Serena Woods said at 2:57 am on August 21st, 2009:

    Dave: It IS scary! I know about the 'pushed' thing. I use it if I want to be able to say, "it's not my fault, he pushed me!" 🙂

    Steph: I am partial to foster moms! I had some good ones. If you ever want to have coffee and hear about the experience from the kid's perspective I would love it!

    Debbie: Thanks for letting me know you are reading and for your encouragement! I need it this morning. 🙂

  5. 5 Kandice said at 5:59 am on August 21st, 2009:

    I, too, have been reading your story over at Like A Warm Cup of Coffee. What an amazing, heart wrenching, beautiful story. Stirs so many emotions within me. Your story touched me so deeply.

    I am touched again today by your "going for it" entry. It hit so close to home and gave me such encouragement. My husband and I have 4 young children and are going through some things where I am feeling the Lord 'pushing' me. It renewed me to read your blog today and to think of things from a different prospective. Maybe our conformation comes after we take this risk. Maybe it is God testing our faith in him at this very moment. I'm taking that risk. Thank you so much for helping me see it through this new way.

  6. 6 Serena Woods said at 7:27 am on August 21st, 2009:

    Hi, Kandice: you might also like 'Risky Faith' 🙂


  7. 7 Anita said at 9:04 am on August 23rd, 2009:

    Hi Serena,

    I just received this email yesterday, and thought I'd check it out today. I read your story. Thank you so much for sharing your life with all of us! What a sweet daughter of the King you are! I am praising our Almighty God that He has healed you, spoken to you so sweetly, set you free, and using you to set so many others free! I am so proud of you! God bless you richly. In Christ, Anita ~~~ another blessed recipient of God's Amazing Grace!!!

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