Getting Uncomfortable in 2014: How a Crazy Idea Became a Reality
As you guys know, I have been on a “God Adventure” in 2014, with my only goal this year being to pursue Jesus with reckless abandon. And so far He’s challenging me to get uncomfortable in every last area of my life.
Like inspiring me to get in an RV for almost a month and travel the country to speak to women and promote I’ve Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has. He gave me the idea, I presented it to my friend Jaime, and by the next week He had provided us with an RV free of charge, a tour sponsor, and our first tour date. At Lakewood Church. As in, Joel Osteen’s church. As in…the BIGGEST church in the country. And then we booked seven more events across the U.S. And as I type this, I am riding on the RV en route to our first date. What started as a crazy idea is now a reality.
I can honestly say that what I know of God (and I am by no means a “God Expert,” just a novice who longs to draw near Him and know His heart more and more) is that HE. DOESN’T. PLAY. When He wants you to do something, He drives you crazy til you do it. And then when you rise up and meet His plans with YOUR obedience…MIRACLES happen.
I’ve never been away from the Nashville, Tennessee area for longer than eight days at a time. I’ve never tried to live on an RV. My knees shake and my heart races at the thought of standing up in front of hundreds and even thousands of women night after night and hopefully getting out of the way and letting God speak through me (public speaking, while I’ve done it many times, never seems to become any easier for me). But this living on the edge with God thing…wow. It’s worth the risk. It’s worth the fear. It’s worth acknowledging that I am a weak, imperfect vessel and admitting my shortcomings and allowing Him to use me anyway…because as His word tells us, His strength is made perfect in our weakness. So I have resolved to myself, and to Him, to do it afraid. To chase after His presence and His will and His ways and to trust that everything else will work itself out. I don’t know, as a matter of fact, if I will ever be able to go back to a normal, ho-hum, polite Christian existence after this. Because once you’ve pursued Him through throngs people to grab hold of the hem of His cloak and He has turned to face you and acknowledged your faith by performing great miracles in your life…the idea of fading back into the crowd and going back to business as usual just no longer appeals. I want more of Him. I want more of this wild adventure of leaping and trusting Him to catch me. I want more risk and fear and potential failure. It sounds crazy…but I’m serious. Because it’s only when you’re willing to walk on the edge with Him that He can TRULY show you the view.
I don’t know how to wrap this up, really…except to say I hope you’ll join me. I hope you’ll do something bold and daring and unexpected that makes people look at you with doubt and disbelief and accuse you of being crazy (I’ve gotten that more over the past month than ever before in my life.) I hope you will step out into the unknown. I hope you’ll find something that scares you and resolve to do it afraid.
And if you want to join Jaime and I on “The Sass, Class, & Compassion Tour”…visit www.SassClassCompassion.com to see if we’re coming to a city near you. And stay tuned to my blog and Twitter page and Facebook page, etc…because we’re turning this God adventure into a “Virtual Roadtrip” that we’re inviting you into with us, even if you live on the other side of the planet.
What areas of your life are you being challenged in right now? What big, bold step are you longing to take? What can I be praying for you about as you take your own “God Adventure”? Sound off in the comments below!