You were made for this

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

"A ship in the harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are made for."

Time is funny. There are always new things to try and old enjoyable pastimes are forgotten for a season. I started this blog a year and a half ago... I have only posted twice. This was a draft from over a year ago and I never posted it. I tend to start things and not finish them but I don't want that to be a reason that I don't pick it up and try again! 

I love that quote and that picture. I don't know where I heard that quote but if someone knows then please give them credit. I took that picture while our family walked around downtown San Diego. It was our last season living there and we were enjoying the harbor, the boats, and the warm sunshine. I love how this photo captures Chris. Tall, strong, and protective. Those little ones just holding on to their daddy's hands and exploring the world God made. 

The quote jumped out at me when I heard it. These boats in the picture are all safe but they aren't made to float passively in a safe place. Likewise, I am safe and comfortable in the "harbor" I can create for myself. We can all do this in different ways. Build walls around ourselves and protect ourselves from other people. Choose not to engage a hard topic of conversation. Never do something that draws you out of your comfort zone. 

This isn't how God calls us to live. Jesus did the uncomfortable. He chose excruciating death for the joy set before him of reconciling us to himself. We are called to follow after Christ, to imitate him. Even though it is challenging, hard, and uncomfortable, I don't want to be a ship in the harbor, never being used for my intended purpose.  I want to follow Jesus into the deep water because I am made for it. Enjoying every huge wave, every storm, every calm and peaceful sea because he is with me through it all.