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I’m standing at the edge of a cliff.  Looking out over a lush, expansive valley.

I used to be terrified of heights.  But the feeling I have right now is more like one part THRILL and one part HOPE.

The cliff is my Comfort Zone.  The valley — even the air space between that valley and the place I now stand — is my Future Opportunity.

Opportunity to… what?  Expand my reach.  Increase my impact.  Deepen my influence.

All for You, Lord.

I could keep standing here on the cliff.  Making this my “home.”  Staying with what I know. Even with who I am?

Looking at the vast expanse ahead.  Maybe even longing for it… but only from afar.

Or I could go for it!  But how, Lord?

I’m “wearing” one of those hang gliders — a contraption that will serve as my wings.  If I let it.  I have never used this contraption before.  I have never been here before.

I am seeing this place of Opportunity as if for the very first time.  As if I am waking up from a long sleep.  And as my eyes focus, I realize I can’t just step off the cliff.

I have to get a running start.  Really throw myself into that Opportunity space with abandon.

So the question is:  Can I?  Will I?  What do I have to lose?  What might I have to gain?

If You wanted me to fly, Lord, wouldn’t You have made me with wings?   🙂   Am I thinking beyond Your plans for me?  Or am I doing the opposite?  Blinding myself to Your plans for me because I have set up camp in my Comfort Zone?

What do You want me to do, Lord?

“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth…. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak… those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles…”  (Isaiah 40:28,29,31)

Yep.  It’s a combination of THRILL and HOPE!  OK, You’re right.  Maybe a little fear, too.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  (Isaiah 41:10)

No one could pay me enough to attempt hang gliding in real life, Lord!  But in the spirit? Who could stop me?!

Only me.

Help my heart and mind connect with Yours in this, Lord.  So I will say “yes” to You with all that I am… no matter what!

Waiting and listening,

Abba’s Girl

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