Written on September 14, 2016. By Shari Norvell
To seek the safe place of the Lord is to risk everything, for it leads past not so still waters to the indestructible certainty of Pappa’s promises. To wait within the presence of the Lord, utterly with Him, is to declare our belief in safety. Our hope in the salvation, deliverance, welfare, rescue, confidence and prosperity of Yeshua, for His very name means every word. Hope was never meant to be haggard, torn and tattered by time. It is a banner, blazing and bold in our hand, waving wildly as we no longer try to hold on.
To be fastened and folded into security, is to live at the end of the edge, the peril of the precipice and the wake of the wave, stretching, deepening, lengthening just to see Him, hear Him, experience Him, know Him.
Not once in the reading and rendering of the gospel, has playing it safe been an option. For the gospel has always risked the lives of those within it, the lives they once had. The lives we sometime seek to protect and serve at all costs. Those lives that keep us from living.
The glory of the Gospel does not contain a clause or contract that keeps us from being hurt, getting dirty or feeling fully, but instead keeps us dreaming, believing, exploring and encountering. The news, the very goodness of it, is meant to be our undoing as we hurl headlong into the undiscovered.
We don’t falter, we find. We don’t faint, we follow. And through it, security becomes the risks we take that turns to tenacious trust. Risk does not lead us to do the most outlandish, but become the most rewarding. Being safe is so much more than teetering away from trouble and being free of bother’s burden. For it is the pursuit of precious. The chase led by the untamed into the uncharted. It will take our breath and race our heart. And it will cause us to be completely unconcerned about our own outcome.
Safe is scary when it can no longer be fodder for our fear. For have we ever actually been unafraid when bubble wrapped in a padded room?
Basked in light, let Him reveal the places you have been playing it safe…