MONDAY, MAY 20
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:13-14 (ESV)
FLYING THE TRAPEZE
In Paul Tournier’s A Place for You, the famous author has depicted our Christian hope as a leap of faith. He said that we live in a rhythm of life between quitting one place and seeking another. He used the analogy of a trapeze artist swinging on a high bar to the utmost distance it can carry him, then turning loose and reaching hopefully and courageously for the next bar.
There is a breathless suspense of mid-air placelessness. This is the anxiety of faith. It calls for hope. Everyone is holding their breath — the artist as well as the watching crowd — until the transition is safely made. The transition will never be made unless the trapeze artist (or the person of faith) find enough hope to let go of the past and take the leap of faith.
This past Sunday we celebrated the transition many of our students are making who graduated from high school and college this past year. We were challenged from the Apostle Paul’s example in Philippians 3 to let go of things in the past and to aggressively pursue what God has for us in the future. We were also reminded when we face big transitions in life we have four options. We are going to examine those four options this week in Digging Deeper.
When we approach a transition there is always value in learning from and letting go of our past. And there is value in focusing on where God wants us to go. Can you think of a valuable lesson from your recent past that you learned from a failure or a success? In the story above, Paul Tournier described the transition as a place of “the anxiety of faith.” Do you have any anxiety about transitions you are currently going through? Take some time and pray and ask God for clarity on what’s next and for peace in the transition.