'Do not be afraid and anxious, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.' Luke 12:32
Have you ever felt destined for something greater but lacked the courage to enter into that greatness? The hallway between "the present" and "destiny" can expose many of our self-abasing mind games, and in the process can produce a type of tension. A tension between the ordinary world and the extraordinary world. The natural and the supernatural. What is and what could be. If you have experienced the tension of moving from point "a" to point "b", then you are probably already aware that all that is required is your "yes" and "amen". "Yes" to God, and "amen" to taking a first step. Sounds simple, right?
THE stretching OF THE CANVAS
Sometimes we are truly our own worst enemies. As much as we secretly dream big, we also experience an equal amount of internal self-critique and self-reduction. I am certainly no stranger to this. In fact, self-reduction is all too familiar to me, and therein lies the problem:
How does one break out of the restrictive religious mould one has presided in for one's entire life, and believe for something greater?
There have been times in my life when God has invited me to step beyond what is familiar and into the spacious places He has prepared for me. And whilst I have responded to some of His invitations, they have still required me to access a tremendous amount of bravery, along with a deliberate decision to silence the negative voices in my head. Unfortunately, on more than a few occasions I denied myself permission to respond to some of His invitations, preferring instead my own voice of critique above His voice of belief in me.
I have come to understand that I am not an isolated case. It is my firm belief that if one could capture the angst that seems to crowd the space between dreams and their actualization, then creation would cease its groaning because the sons and daughters of God would be finally revealed - both to the world and to themselves.
I have heard it said ‘the taller the building, the deeper the foundation’. This tends to suggest that the ‘chosen few’ must experience harsh realities in order for their true call to come forth. But I disagree. I believe that every person on the planet has been created to dream big and fully inhabit the entirety of who they were created to be; to inhabit their original design.
It is intentional that I have deliberated over this prelude. I liken it to the stretching of a canvas over a frame because it speaks of the meticulous preparation that takes place before an artist can begin to paint. Stretching a canvas over a frame suggests to me that everyone has a framework created by God. If you would allow Him to stretch you, you will find yourself positioned well for Him to do His finest work.
Jo Wilksch, SOD Coordinator