You’ve reached the shore of sacrifice; you are at a precipice. Will you trust God? Trusting Him is like floating. Let me explain.
It makes sense in the physical world to leave weighty things on the shore before getting wet– the same mechanics also apply spiritually. There are so many things that we unwittingly pile upon ourselves in this world of weights. We become like spiritual hobos with three layers of coats, two pairs of pants, and a shopping cart full of broken dreams, shame, and regrets. This is not what God intended. You can’t enter into lightness with so many burdens. So, you take off your shoes, feel the sand beneath your feet and reluctantly leave those weighty things on the shore. You walk in ankle deep at first…
“Wait!! What about all of our stuff?? Surely, someone will take it if we leave it on the shore.” We place so much value on a shopping cart full of garbage. “Now I have nothing,” we think as our feet get wet.
But He wants to wash our tired, dirty feet. Tired from wandering place to place, yelling “FULFILLMENT, ARE YOU HERE!?” Dirty from the filth we drag ourselves through to get to the places we think we need to be. When all God says is “Be with me.” It can’t be that simple, right? But in our nakedness, we remove our attempts to cover our vulnerability. We allow ourselves to be cleansed. We begin to know the person God always sees.
We are not holding on to anything anymore as we enter waist deep. We place everything is in His good and faithful hands as our heads tilt back. And sure enough we rise. We are carried. We get to the places we’re going even faster, with more joy and more peace because we stopped staring at the water and decided to venture forth. To be brave in the face of uncertainty. To find ourselves in the shedding of our skins.