“Living on the Edge: The Safest Place to Be”
Recently, in the midst of worshipping in church, the Lord showed me a picture of a tree, precariously growing on the edge of a cliff, and I felt Him say,
“What if living on the edge was the safest place to be, that it would indeed be a tree of life for you?”
After a pause, He continued:
“Do you trust my de-cluttering in your life, My unsettling, so that I can resettle you?”
Later as I spent time with Him unpacking this word picture and word, I felt led to the following verse and from that came his gentle nudge and probing questions…
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-9. NLT
Could it be that He is offering a place that is surprisingly resourced and productive, in what in the natural, is a precarious and even fear-provoking situation?
- What if God is asking you to hang out on the edge?
- Are you willing to live with none of the usual, visible means of support and totally trust the invisible, the less tangible, but the totally real realm of the Holy Spirit?
We tend to run to the natural, the familiar, especially when there’s contention over our faith, trying to find comfort in the known, and the tangible.
… unless our most familiar, known and comfortable is Him.
- Can He be your greatest reality, comfort, your deliverer, your certainty for life?
- What do you need to leave and walk away from, what do you need to trade… to come into the most secure place you could imagine?
- Are you willing to make an exchange, to relinquish your hold on the tangible, the known, for the more real realm of living in Holy Spirit presence? (recognizing that this does go contrary to our human nature)
- Importantly… what are you embracing, what’s your focus, what’s your new way of living?
Having made the decision… it is less about what we give up, but rather what we receive and are empowered for in our new way of living. Grace upon grace until it overflows.
Living on the edge, not existing, but thriving!
“Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”John 11:40
Blessings to you.