Celebrating the Gap

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May we choose to give Him absolutely everything we have, and then celebrate the fact that we fall short.

The back legs of the chair protested as I dragged them across the linoleum floor. I wedged my makeshift ladder against the refrigerator, added a phone book for good measure, and climbed up. Steadying my five-year-old frame against the door, I stood on my tiptoes and stretched every inch of my body toward the snack cupboard.

To no avail.

It wasn’t enough. I still couldn’t reach.

I think that’s how it is with God. He puts the best stuff beyond our grasp.

And so I choose to live my life recognizing the full potential of the good He has for me and then constantly innovating, creating, trying, growing, and stretching to reach it. I choose to give Him absolutely everything I have, and then celebrate the fact that I fall short. I want to celebrate the gap that’s left after I’ve exhausted everything for Him. I want to aim so high for His Kingdom that there’s always plenty of room for His undeniable glory to be made known through me.

Like Abraham. God led him (then Abram) out into the night and asked him to look up. And when he did, he believed that God could use an aging man and his barren wife to produce offspring more numerous than the stars. His own plan would never work. He needed God. So Abraham gave God everything he had – his faith, and God filled the gap and made him a father of nations.

And like the disciples. Crowds swelled into the thousands to hear Jesus speak. The area was remote, and daylight was waning. The disciples asked Him to dismiss them, but Jesus told them to give the people something to eat. Within the confines of their thinking, His request was out of reach. So the disciples gave Jesus everything they had – five loaves of bread and two small fish, and He filled the gap and fed the multitudes.

Relying on God is not an invitation to sit back and let Him do all of the work. It’s a call to dive in and get dirty every second of every day. It’s a request to pour out all that you are for the sake of everything that He is. It’s an offer to partake in the most elaborate and intimate dance imaginable. You don’t have to know all the steps because you’re not in the lead. But the music is raging, and you do have to venture onto the floor and be willing to move your feet.

“Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Gen. 15:5b

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