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Topic: Bold (emotionally) (08/30/07)
TITLE: BOLDLY GO
By Emily Blakely
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Perfection, that’s what the boss wants, and this guy, I’ve never seen him mess up even once. He walks with such confidence and authority. Outside the sky is brilliant blue and although the worker’s eyes wince at the sun, his senses are filled with air, fresh and invigorating.
The leader moves with long, steady strides, leaving the worker to scurry and try to keep up. I wonder what we’re going to look at today, in GREAT detail? It would help if he would let me in on it, but he’s not going to wait around to explain things to me so, head ’em up, move ’em out.
They approach an area flowing with water. Wow, there’s a river, the most beautiful river I have ever seen. Just to be near it is refreshing. A perfect place for a little solitude and quiet, but that won’t be today. The worker is handed the end of a line and looks at it quizzically as his leader turns to move away.
Great! He’s headed into the water and we’re going to get our feet wet. The leader pays no attention to the water. It looks like I’m going to be the anchorman holding this line, maybe for measuring. I sure hope it’s distance and not depth...I don’t swim–I sink.
The line goes taut, the leader records something in a book, then draws the worker through the water to him. The water is up to my ankles and is swift, but it feels kind of good. Ah-h this isn’t too bad, he has one line end and I have the other.
Again the leader turns and moves away. The drawing motion is repeated and this time the water level reaches the worker’s knees. Uh-oh, deeper water. If he would just say something, let me know why we are doing this, yet I do understand everything he wants me to do. Well, the reason had better be really good. If this keeps up I’m going to have to tell this guy I don’t swim, then I bet he’ll talk to me. Or, who knows, I may learn to swim yet! A smile comes to the worker’s face thinking about it.
The leader does not seem bothered by the water in the least, just intent on his purpose. Oh no. He’s motioning me further out. I hope he knows these waters, ‘cause I sure don’t. I can’t think of anything I’ve done to make my boss mad; mad enough to (gulp) get rid of me. The chill of that thought made the worker wonder if his job is really worth this risk. Hey, self, don’t get weak-kneed now, you can do this. Be bold! Maybe I’ll get a bonus or an award.
Awkward as it was for the worker, the two managed to work as a team, with the one leading the other to even deeper water. The worker thought: How strange, to be in this deep water yet I feel strong. He doesn’t seem to be having any difficulty so I’ll keep following him, and I’m...I’m swimming! The leader smiles, eyes aglow.
flowing from the Temple in Ezekiel 47.
Who is the River of Living Water but the Lord?
He doesn’t want us to just get our feet wet,
but rather to trust and be bold,
going deeper with Him as He draws us.
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