As I said in my Ridiculous Faith Pt 1 post (<—click the link if you haven’t read it), God showed me how my faith could be bigger…and then He showed me what that looks like. This is where the ridiculous part comes in.
Have you ever seen the movie Evan Almighty? It’s a movie where the Biblical story of Noah meets a present-day US Congressman. Well, right after God got me thinking about faith that Saturday afternoon, hubby was channel surfing and landed on Evan Almighty. Obviously the movie is not exactly the Biblical story, but there are a lot of significant points that are the same.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Hebrews 11: 1, 3)
Faith means living in the unseen. It means not having a Plan B. It means doing things that are pretty ridiculous in the eyes of the world. As I watched Evan go from ‘normal guy’ to ‘crazy freak’ in the eyes of those around Him, I realized that willingness to look like a crazy freak is mandatory if we’re going to live a live of true adventurous, fully alive, ‘I want ALL that God has for me’ faith. We have to get off of our lukewarm couch and go all in…and care more about what God says about our lives than what others do.
I’ve realized in my own life that God has put His-sized dreams in my heart. It’s time for me to live in faith and believe that through Him, ALL things are possible. These dreams are the conviction of things not seen. I know what God has shown me for my life, but it’s the fear of failure, or of others not understanding me, or of others not valuing what I do that holds me back. It’s a scary thing to lay your heart on the table for all the world to see. But when I approach these things in faith, I know that God put them on my heart for HIS purpose. So that I can join with Him in speaking them into life that is visible.
So as these 31 days are coming to an end, I’m standing in faith that my influence will grow so that people can see God through my life as I allow Him to use me. I am a writer and God has put it on my heart that I’ll write a book (or more) some day. He’s given me a much greater vision for Ready to Breathe than just this blog…it’s only the beginning. He’s given me a strong passion to celebrate peoples’ stories and document them photographically. I’m standing in faith that my business will flourish over the coming years and I’m holding onto the word that was given to me earlier this year that I am a torch and have the favor of God for my immediate region and beyond. It’s in my heart to travel to all the parts of the US and beyond, celebrating people and showing them love through photographs. I’m believing that I will photograph sessions/weddings in Paris and more in NYC…my two favorite cities on the planet (plus Galilee & Jerusalem…but Israel is in a whole category of it’s own 😉 ). I’m standing in faith that Delight is going to grow beyond our wildest imaginations and that creative young women are going to find their significance in God and realize that their ‘weirdness’ is on purpose and for His glory.
That last paragraph was hard to write. It could seem ridiculous to people. (shoot a lot of it even sounds ridiculous to me!) It could appear that I’m bragging or thinking that I’m ‘more special than I am’. But it’s time for ridiculous faith. For living a life that doesn’t make sense in the natural. For saying ‘Here I am Lord, send me. This life isn’t mine…it’s all yours.’
I don’t want to get to heaven and realize that I missed out on SOOO much because I kept God in a box and didn’t believe Him for all that He’s capable of. So like Paul, I’ll forget what lies behind and strain forward to what lies ahead. I’ll press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Adventure awaits and I’m ready to dive in with reckless abandon.
Image Credit: Erin Kass