Pressing In and Stepping Out

During some prayer time today, I prayed that I would press into Him as I stepped out.  And immediately, I thought what an oxymoron!  That I would, at the same time, press into the Lord and step out.  You can’t go in two directions at the same time.  But I know that it is possible, and in order to step out into what you are asking of me it is absolutely necessary.  I can not press into anything else besides my Creator, because in doing so I would not be stepping out in the right place. 

If I didn’t press into God, I would probably be pressing into my own flesh and the world.  If I pressed into this world, it would drown the Spirit within.  I would be pressing into something or someone else, concerned with their thoughts and approval, rather than God’s.  That is a never ending, never satisfied place to be.  Pressing into the Lord would be pressing into His word, prayer, loving others and shining light.  And trusting that the light would continue to shine brighter each day. 

Pressing into the Lord anchors me.  As I begin to step out, the doubts and questioning have swirled.  Some days more than others.  Am I on the right track?  Have I gone down a crazy rabbit trail and missed the path marked and cleared before me?  Am I just wandering?  Who am I kidding?  The list could take me dark places really fast, especially today.  If I stay in the place of doubt, I am like a wave of the sea that is tossed about by the wind. (James 1:6) But if I am pressing into the Lord I will be able to step out, into the deep water.

Screen Shot 2016-05-16 at 1.47.15 PMLord, you know that fear and excitement I experienced as a young person when I was way out, away from shore amongst the waves, unable to touch the bottom of the great Atlantic.  Let me not be frightened or discouraged, but Strong and Courageous.  Let me press into you, while I step out.  When I went out into the ocean with my body board, I had a sense of safety.  Jesus is my safety, my floatation device.

I have a body boarding induced scar, but it is a reminder of swimming out into the wild and amazing ride that ensued.  It’s a reminder that I crashed and burned, hard.  But I walked away and caught another wave equally as glorious, because I trusted the board to keep me afloat.    

You Lord, have a wild and amazing wave prepared for each of us to ride but we must swim out into the deep in order to catch it, and I trust you. Let me press in while stepping out.  There is no one I’d rather press into.  You will never leave me.  You will never forsake me.  You keep your promises to a thousand generations, and me.  You have begun a work and will not leave it unfinished.  You are trustworthy.  You are love. 

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” – James 4:8 (ESV)

What are you pressing into right now? 

Photo Credit :: Emily w/ Visual Vero

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