Sometimes in life you just have to do things that are ridiculous...
like jumping in the ocean fully dressed.
You see, despite the fact that I am legally of age to be considered an adult, I often feel like I still have the heart of an 8 year old. But then again, I think maybe that's true for all of us... we just don't allow ourselves to believe it.
Just yesterday we took a stroll to the beach. We didn't have a whole lot of time, and I had already showered for the day (which is a big deal), so I hadn't planned on getting in the water. In fact, I was perfectly content just to sit on the beach, digging my toes in the sand, enjoying the beauty around me.
Soon enough, I found myself up to the edge of the water. As much as I hadn't planned on getting wet, I suddenly had this huge urge to just run and jump in the water. In fact, I could picture it in my head, I could see myself, just like a young child running straight into the waves, giggling the entire time. I stood there for a long time and rationalized all the reasons why that would be ridiculous. First off, I absolutely hate walking around in wet clothes and would undoubtedly not have enough time to dry off. Second, I had on clean clothes (which is pretty rare these days) and I had just recently showered. Thirdly, there was a huge boat full of people docked at the beach, all of which were already staring at me as I stood at the water's edge, clearly pondering the meaning of life.
I stood there for a long time, just rationalizing with myself again and again... over something to silly. Then, I realized... sometimes in life, you just have to do things that are ridiculous.
So, I turned around, gave my good friend Alicia a huge grin... and then took off into the water... jumping straight into the waves.. giggling the whole time.
In a crazy way, jumping in the water was another step of freedom. Too often we let ourselves be restrained by rationalizations of what should be, of what society tells us, of the lies that we have allowed ourselves to believe. It's time to jump in the water, it's time to break down the walls of legalism, it's time to let yourself free.
So what if I was going to have to walk 15 minutes home in wet clothes, so what I had to be a little bit icky for the rest of the day, so what if my clothes and hair were no longer clean... for that moment in time, as I floated in the water just laughing out loud, I was free. I could have easily let myself miss out on that experience, out of that joy... but for that day, I chose otherwise! Just like our relationship with God, sometimes we miss out, sometimes we try to rationalize His greatness, sometimes we don't just let ourselves fall head first into His love.
Are you ready to jump in?
"Daily I live with fear- a healthy fear... that I will miss something God has for me... I don't want to be robbed of even one of God's riches by not taking time to let Him invade my life. By not listening to what He is telling me. By allowing the routine, pressing matters of my minutes to bankrupts me of time for the most exciting, most fulfilling relationship in life."