Passages: Darien’s Rise, Part 5 Devotional: Faith Climbing
October 15th, 2009
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By Elizabeth Goldsmith
I have a moderate fear of heights, and, on a good day, an above-average adventurous streak, so when I was invited to go rock climbing for the first time in my life, I eagerly…and nervously…said yes. It was one of the best decisions I made that summer. It won’t say that it wasn’t hard or even scary at times, but getting to the top made the entire climb worth it. And until I set out on this adventure, I never realized how rock climbing can be a lot like living the Christian life. Stick with me on this one.
Ignoring your fear of falling is very important in rock climbing. There comes a time when you have to leave secure hand and foot holds…when you have to reach up and hope there’s something above you to hold you. The good news is that, no matter what happens in the climb, the rope is always there. Even if you make a mistake and slip from your holds, the rope will keep you from falling very far. Oh how hard it can to turn that mental knowledge (“I know this rope will hold me!”) into physical action (“So I’m going to climb higher off the ground.”)!
As a Christian, it’s sometimes easy to get comfortable and stop growing in our faith…to stop reaching higher. But God wants more for us. He calls us to keep striving to be more like Him, to keep stepping up in faith, and to pursue a deeper relationship with Him. And if we make a mistake when we strive to know Him more, He’s there to catch us if we fall.
Being anointed as the future king of Marus hasn’t made Darien’s life easy, as we’ve heard so far in Darien’s Rise. He’s had to make many sacrifices: he left his home and his family, he had to hide in caves, and danger was around every corner. He could have rejected the Unseen One’s call and said, “But I like my life just the way it is!” And yet, despite his hardships, Darien knows that he is following the Unseen One’s will and calling in his life, and that makes it all worth it.
The Christian life is a time of challenge. Instead of being content with our relationship with God, we need to reach higher, serve him more, and come to know him better. If we don’t, we’ll could miss out on all the exciting (and challenging!) things that God has planned for us. There will be hard times, complete with scraped knees and sore fingers, but don’t let them stop you from climbing higher. Remember, God is always there, ready to catch you.
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