Last weekend, I went skiing with my sister-in-law and my niece and nephew. My niece and nephew are amazing skiers, and as the adult more capable on skis, I was tasked with going on the harder slopes with the kids. Was I in for a challenge!
There is this slope called Eagles Swoop that had an intense drop that sent you speeding down the mountain…one of those slopes where you can't see the snow on the other side because it just goes down! The kids are total adventure seekers (and excellent skiers) and took the path of least resistance and just took the slope head on like true champs. Auntie Shala, however, had to call on Jesus' name and created as windy of a path down the mountain as I could because I was so afraid. A couple times my nephew told me, "the easiest and best way down is to just go straight!" He thought that might motivate me to follow them, but it did not! I stayed as safe as I possibly could to avoid any face plants in the snow or torn muscles or broken bones. I even made excuses in my head about how they could do it better than I could because they are nearly a third my weight with a lower center of gravity!
Other than teaching me how fast my heart races when I am terrified while skiing, I thought about their faith and my lack thereof. They had a faith (and a fearlessness) that said, "Even though I don't see what's on the other side of this slope, I know I will make it down, so there is no point in delaying because this is the path that has been carved out for me." My faith said, "No, I need to see the next several steps and I need to create a strategy that carves a new path for me to take outside of what the slope designers created that feels safe to me." I had seen several people go straight down the same path with no problems, and though I'm not a beginner on the slopes, I never let myself take the path that was carved out because I didn't believe I could do it.
Sometimes we are like that with God. God leads us down a path that he intends for us to take, and we say, "No, Lord, I think I'll take another way…a better way for me," as though he is not an all-knowing, all-powerful God whose plan and will for our lives is perfect. When we buck up against what God has ordained, we are telling God that we can do a better job at leading our lives than he can—that our wisdom is somehow greater than his. Not only may we be lacking faith, but we are prideful at the same time! Shame on us. Shame on me.
Going where God leads us, even if we can't see the next step, takes great faith. But oh what a reward there is when we earnestly seek him and believe that he exists, that he is sovereign, that he is powerful, that his way is the best way! Let's focus on pleasing God today with our faith, and then let's do it all over again tomorrow.