Tuesday, July 20, 2010
(bare with me for a few moments...this message is AWESOME!)
My two sons have been taking TaeKwonDo...and on their test they had to "break a board." The problem is...they didn't know it was going to be a REAL board (they'd been practicing on plastic break away boards). Then, the instructor said they could CHOOSE...EASY, MEDIUM, or DIFFICULT. Well, when he got to them standing in line...he looked at them...and pulled out the DIFFICULT board...he looked at them again...held it up and said..."You can do it!" You should have seen the fear in their faces. I sat, nervous for them...yelling inside..."BREAK THROUGH!" And then heaven's doors opened,angels magestically started singing, Light shone down brilliantly, and God stepped down out of glory before me...okay, not really...but for me...that all happened.
Faith...it's hard. At times, our obstacles in life may seem like an "easy or medium board"...but, when our faith is REALLY tested...God has pulled out the "DIFFICULT" one. When He's "testing" us...He pulls out the the "thick" one...the one that is intimidating...the one that looks like it will REALLY hurt. It's the test that we're obviously not ready for...and God knows it...He wants us trusting Him. He wants us relying on Him completely...coming humbly before Him, realizing that we can do nothing without Him. And as He's trained us with the "easy or medium" obstacles...on "test" day...He holds out the "difficult" one and looks at us and says,"You can do it!"
But here's the key...in the face of fear...when it simply looks to hard...we tend to STOP pressing through at the obstacle. Our instinct is to STOP at the obstacle. We MUST BREAK THROUGH...we MUST focus on the other side and press through our fears. As my boys stared at the board...inside I was yelling, "Aim at the Instructor!...Don't look at the board!...BREAK THROUGH IT!"
(By the way...they broke through on the first try and let me tell you...Testosterone was filling the air for days!!!!!!!!!!!)
Reminds me of Peter walking on the water. In our daily walk of faith...God is saying, "KEEP YOUR EYES ON ME!...DON'T WALK BY SIGHT!...BREAK THROUGH! It is only then...that we will have the "break through" we're seeking. It's loving Jesus with ALL of our heart, soul, and mind...and finding strength in Him. Then, it's realizing that in Him we can do ALL THINGS!!!!
Whatever obstacle stands before you right now...you can BREAK THROUGH IT! Keep focused on Jesus...not the obstacle. It's a test...God has prepared you...He has equipped you with Christ and if He lives in you...ALL things are possible. As you stare at the obstacle...look up...into the eyes of your Lord...and hear His words of strength and grace,
"You can do it!"
Posted by Cherie Hill at 7:34 AM
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