BY DON FLEMING
Impalas are amazing leapers. They can jump up about 10 feet into the air. While running, they can cover up to 30 feet in a single bound. However, impalas can be contained inside a six-foot high fence if they cannot see outside the fence – they will not jump where they cannot see.
Isn’t this exactly the same type limitation that mortal mind would like to place on man? Aren’t we all, at times, limited of our full potential because we won’t leave our ‘comfort-zone’ and step-out in unwavering faith?
In 2011 I had an opportunity to make a complete lifestyle change and move to another state. This move included selling a house in a deprived real estate market (a house that was debt free), purchasing the right house in the perfect location (which would now include a mortgage) and moving to a larger city where I virtually knew very few people – in other words, start a new life. Wow, talk about leaving a comfort zone! I suddenly seemed to be faced with the ultimate challenge of total FAITH.
Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” says Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 444. I was praying to know that God was directing my every step but more important that “not my will, but Thine be done”. Also, in 2 Corinthians 5:7 we read “For we walk by faith, not by sight”. Just because we, as mortals, can’t see the end result in a given situation, constitutes the very need for our complete faith and trust in God. Like the impalas, we too can be imprisoned by animal magnetism – thoughts of fear, doubt, lack, limitation, etc.
As I daily prayed for guidance, the following story in Luke was very comforting. It showed me how we must launch out in into the deep, with complete faith, never doubting, and in return what a blessing we receive.
Luke 5: 1-11
1And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,
2And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.
3And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
4Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.
5And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
6And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
7And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
8When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.
9For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:
10And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
11And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
Yes, I did launch out into the deep, with giant steps of faith, when I made my decision to relocate. And, like the fishermen, I have been greatly blessed, as a result.
When we move forward in faith, listen to God for His direction and follow His command, should we ever doubt the outcome?
Don Fleming lives in Bossier City, Louisiana.
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