Without a moment’s hesitation I knew we were climbing.
I place my hands on the cool rugged surface of the rock and find the first foothold. Unsure of my next step I brace for a fall. But a push comes from below and a hand from above and I climb atop the natural stone bridge.
The massive rock structure spans a raging glacial river, icy cold water pouring from an impassioned waterfall high above the treeline in the Canadian rockies. 360 degrees of awe inspiring, breath-taking vistas.
Silent we stand in the stunning wonder of the wide-open world. Places unmarked by man, vestiges left solely to the hand of an awesome creator God.
Arms open, hands reaching, silent surrender.
Perspective pours down, falling on us like a drenching rain. The vastness of creation juxtaposed against the smallness of self. Slowly we turn taking in each view. Far and wide and high and low, wonder.
Water rushes so forcefully I catch my breath. Swirling, whirling, dangerously ice cold. And awe-inspiring, beautifully heart-warmingly simple.
How a trickle becomes a stream that becomes a wild gushing river.
The awesome power of time, married with determination and dedication to steadily moving forward. How water carves out caves and caverns and tunnels of wild, raging rivers.
You have a dream, don’t you? The place your mind goes in stolen moments and you lose track of time. But you’ve tried and you’ve failed and now you think you can’t chase that dream anymore. It’s not worth your time. It’s not for you. Not now. Not yet. But you’re wrong.
Do you think that trickle of water knew she would one day be a raging waterfall?
We begin chasing extraordinary because when we dare to dream, we dream big. But when we begin and are faced with inevitable hardship, we want to give up.
But the most remarkable things are built over time. Through hardship and dead-end roads, determined water slowly makes it’s way through the yielding rock. Testing strength, building resilience, crafting character. Molding. Sculpting. Hidden pathways painstakingly cut through stone. Patience, grit and dedication. A willingness to yield, and an iron strong will to overcome each day, each moment, each obstacle or supposed ally trying to take her down.
God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Imagine what might happen if you just said yes?
If it all came in a day you wouldn’t appreciate the gift. You wouldn’t learn the lessons and you couldn’t handle the cost. The wild raging river would take you down.
Time and perseverance carve the soul of man, and faith sets the foundation of strength.
Sometimes we are the stone. Stubborn and prideful, we get in the way. We see the dream, our patience wanes, and we quit. Rock hard, we turn bitter and cold. Sometimes we’re the water. Faithful and trusting we allow Him to move. In us, through us, the vessel. But it’s temporary. As time passes we turn back to stone. Wanting. Craving. Desiring the extraordinary for our glory.
This is life.
Exposed to the elements: harsh wind, drenching rain. Frost and freezing, and scorching, blistering heat. Rock and water and patient, yielding spirit. Carving, molding, rushing, raging. Dying to self.
Do you feel like your dream has hit a dead-end? Are you ready to give up?
Perhaps you’re chasing extraordinary.
Let Him mold where you’ve turned to stone. Let Him carve and sculpt and open places you’re scared to know.
Let Him move. Let Him chart the course of the dream He planted in you at the beginning of time. He knows your desire, your frustration, your fear and your faith.
Don’t give up. Take a step. Just one tiny step, and tomorrow you can take another. The world needs your dream and the world needs you. Stop chasing extraordinary and realize that you already are.
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