Day 29: Rollers on a Friday
The evening before my competition, we got to the hotel for the check-in. I got all of my forms signed and collected my competition number badge. Next I had to get my first of three spray tans, and then I headed to one of the rooms to get my hair rolled for the next morning. By the time my family and I left for dinner, I had a layer of thick, dark spray tan on me. I was wearing all black to avoid staining my clothes. And I had rollers in my hair. I must have been a sight to behold at the restaurant. I sat down with my family at the table and avoided all the stares. I’m sure the opinions of me varied depending on the onlooker’s awareness of bodybuilding competitions. Probably a few people understood my predicament, but everyone else must have thought I was crazy to be looking like I did out in public on a Friday night.
Since there was nothing I could do to explain my situation to strangers, I happily ate my seasoned steak, sweet potato and salad. I knew that the next day would be long and tiring, so I wanted to enjoy the calm before the storm. My family understood the situation, so I enjoyed their company, feeling comfortable in their presence. They were like a protectant shield from all the people around me who couldn’t possibly understand what I was doing. Many times as Christians, God puts us into situations that don’t make sense to others. He has us takes steps of faith that seem odd in the natural. Onlookers may be tempted to judge or criticize us because they don’t understand the situation.
Thankfully, during these times of enormous faith, God will usually surround us with a small group of people who understand what we are going through. When Peter asked to walk on water, he was surrounded by the other disciples who saw the entire situation take place. Instead of trying to force Peter to stay in the boat (what makes sense in the natural), they watched him take supernatural steps of the impossible. They may not have walked on water with Peter, but they didn’t judge, criticize or discourage his steps of faith (Matthew 14.22-33). God will send us these people when we need them. Though they may not be able to walk out on the stage with us, they will definitely support us with their assuring presence.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us” (Hebrews 12.1 NLT).
God, I realize that not everyone will understand the faith-steps I will take in obedience to Your will. I will not let the uninformed opinions of others to throw me off from the course that You have set before me. I trust that You will surround me with a small group of supporters who will understand what I’m going through. I know that they may not be able to walk the entire path with me, but they can support me with their encouraging presence. Thank You, Lord, for choosing me for a specific purpose. What I am doing may not make sense in the natural, but I trust that You have a supernatural plan that will further Your Kingdom. I’m ready to walk wherever You lead. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- Has God sent you on an assignment that didn’t make sense?
- Did you feel the judgmental stares of others?
- How did your small group of supporters help you stay the course?
Surround yourself by witnesses!