My husband recently showed me this video of tourists jumping into Victoria Falls, Zambia. Apparently, hundreds of thrill-seekers clamber across rocks and wade through shallow but powerful tides across the precipice to reach this small pool of calm water, amidst the churning waters that potentially can sweep you towards a fatal fall, less than a metre away. (hence the name, Devil’s Pool)
Of course, it got me thinking — would I accept this challenge?
I recently read this inspirational statement on Twitter:
If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. Thomas Jefferson
I don’t jump onto the motivational bandwagon too often but these words really spoke to me. Conquering this risky jump into Victoria Falls is not on my list of “want to do”adventures any time soon, but I DO know that if it was, there would be a choice to be made — to do something I have never done before.
No question — there’s risk involved . . .and it reminded me that life in Christ also involves taking risks.
To be honest, if I had known what following Christ “looks and feels like” when I was fourteen years old, I probably would not have become a Christian. I was a young girl, living in a dysfunctional family and desperately looking for predictability and security. I had no idea of the troubled waters ahead but unquestionably, I was drawn to Christ, Who claimed to be “an anchor for my soul, firm and secure . . . (Hebrews 6.19 NIV) I made the choice to ask Him into my heart and through all my years since, His love has never failed.
He is the same today, yesterday and forever. (Hebrews 13.8)
He is firm and secure. Life is not. He doesn’t change. Life circumstances do.
There is great risk in “denying oneself, taking up the cross and following Christ” (Luke 9,23) in this topsy-turvy and painful world.
Jesus is a safe place — this world is not.
I have learned that growing in wisdom has little to do with establishing a predictable, ordered life. Sometimes the challenge has been “self-inflicted” and more often, it has been forced on me but the deep, long-lasting changes in my heart and soul have only occurred because a challenge presented itself and I have trusted God with the unknown.
There’s always a pocket of peace with Christ, amidst the churning waters of life.
I’ve had three conversations in the past week with people who are at a pivotal place in their lives, wondering and praying about which way to turn. We’ve talked about the temptation to remain sure-footed on the shore versus taking an acceptable risk and stepping into unknown waters, clinging onto Jesus.
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4.13 NKJV