So You want to Leave the Tank?
Living with a Conservationist Animal Rights Extremist has its interesting moments. Like when we had to explain to our then, nine-year-old that there are critters in America that can eat you, and that we aren’t in England anymore where the most dangerous thing is a badger. Or when we found a Black Widow nest in our yard, and we debated the pros and cons of allowing them to live in a specially designed (by said nine-year-old) shoebox enclosure in our house.
No they can not come in the house. Why not? Because bringing them inside the house would not help them fulfill God’s purpose for their creepy little lives. (And Mom would likely pulverize them upon entry.)
Children have a way of thinking that is different to adults. They are still in that phase of life where they believe that all things are possible, where they really can achieve anything (including personal flight so keep the windows closed;) when their dreams can be a reality, when obstacles are just there to be overcome, and vision is not limited by lack or impracticalities. They are masters of thinking outside of the tank. That sense of wonder and imagination is what sets apart the exceptional from the average, millionaires from minions, inventors from wanna-bees, victors from victims.
Matt 19:26 Jesus looked at them and to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible’.
What does life beyond the tank look like?
You wont know until you leap. Leaving the tank, that place of comfort and safety where everything is ticking along just fine, to chart a course into the unknown is potentially terrifying. The truth is though, that many have gone before you and survived the walk of faith.
We have had our share of Christopher Columbus moments. England is a very small country compared to most and traveling is arduous to us. If we have to drive more than an hour or two then that requires an over night stay, and any daily commute exceeding 45 minutes would necessitate you moving house. So moving country was a huge step into the unknown for us. What enabled us to make that move was a baby step. We knew that God was calling us to this big adventure, but it took a while for our flesh to get brave enough to move in the right direction. Thankfully, God’s grace is sufficient for us and His plans are not that fragile that time, or wrong turns can shipwreck them.
Beware of small tank mentality.
What if it doesn’t work out? What if its not really God? What if you aren’t ready? What if you are wrong about this?
All of these are great questions. The real question though is, Is God big enough to cover our mistakes? Can we trust Him to do what He said He would do? Is He our source of happiness, provision, health, peace and protection? Do we really believe that He is the God of the possible? Are we allowing fear to make decisions for us?
Leaving the tank will challenge those around us.
As people move on there are always those who get left behind because they can not or will not make the journey with you. This is the probably the hardest part of pursuing our God given destiny. Remember though, that like when the Children of God left Egypt, they all were given the opportunity to enter the promised land. Not all of them could see past the giants and it hindered them receiving all that God had for them.
Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things ae possible to him who believes”.
Confessions from a previous tank dweller:
-Life is full of unknowns, stick with the one thing that you can know: Jesus, who always leads us to triumph (2 Cor 2:14)
-Be moved with compassion rather than motivated by fear.
-Know that God is bigger than any mistakes we have or will make in the future-in fact He knows them ahead of time and picked us anywayJ
-Believe Big- God is not up in heaven worried that you will over commit Him to a promise of His that He can’t deliver.
Take the plunge today, believe God for something outrageous that only He can do!