The terrible storm raged for many days, blotting out the sun and the stars, until at last all hope was gone.
No one had eaten for a long time. Finally, Paul called the crew together and said, “Men, you should have listened to me in the first place and not left Crete. You would have avoided all this damage and loss. But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. (Acts 27:20-22)
(28/365 days of Fear Not)
Ever get in a big hurry to get something done? Especially if it’s something about which you feel passionate? Or to which you feel called?
You know it’s a God-given dream and purpose and so you take off at top speed without over-thinking things? Maybe without thinking about things at all?
Abraham did, with Sarah’s help.
Peter did. Often.
Jonah did. (Though he actually ran in the opposite direction).
It’s not enough to have a God-given, God-sized dream.
There’s also the God-timing to consider.
Moses ended up waiting 40 years to lead God’s people out of Egypt, tending sheep and living in the desert wilderness.
Abraham’s choice set the stage for the conflict between the Jews and the Muslims (according to many scholars).
Peter was often impetuous and sometimes chastised (and rebuked at least once) as a result.
Jonah spent some time in the belly of a big fish.
Fortunately, God is able to take our passionate rushing ahead and use it in spite of us. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be difficulties and consequences and storms. If we search through scripture, we’ll see plenty of instances beyond these few mentioned here where taking matters into your own hands wreaks havoc, sometimes only for the individual, sometimes far more reaching.
So, the choice comes down to take courage and wait on the Lord or take courage and know you’ll survive the storm though your ship may sink and it may take you longer to realize your dream.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent far too much time taking courage in my self-created storms because I’ve raced out ahead of God. I’m in a season of taking courage and waiting.
And, honestly, I’m loving every minute of it.