Away!

Keep your eyes steadily fixed on the infinite grandeur of Christ's finished work and righteousness. Look to Jesus and believe, look to Jesus and life! Nay, more; as you look to him, hoist your sails and buffet manfully the sea of life. Do not remain in the haven of distrust, or sleeping on your shadows in inactive repose, or suffering your frames and feelings to pitch and toss on one another like vessels idly moored in a harbor. The religious life is not a brooding over emotions, grazing the keel of faith in the shallows, or dragging the anchor of hope through the oozy tide of mud as if afraid of encountering the healthy breeze. Away! With your canvas spread to the gale, trusting in Him, who rules the raging of the waters. The safety of the tinted bird is to be on the wing. If its haunt be near the ground -- if it fly low -- it exposes itself to the fowler's net or snare. If we remain groveling on the low ground of feeling and emotion, we shall find ourselves entangled in a thousand meshes of doubt and despondency, temptation and unbelief.
~ Mrs. Charles Cowman in "Streams in the Desert"

We will never glorify God in doing the works He has planned in advance for us to do (Eph. 2:10) unless we have the courage to obey His call to follow Him. And Christ didn't graze or drag or grovel; He sailed. We are called to do the same: to leave behind ourselves -- our comfort, our feelings, our insecurities, our doubts -- and set out for the open sea of life in reckless abandonment to the One "who rules the raging of the waters".

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