I loved building rocket ships as a kid. There is something about building a spaceship out of an old refrigerator box and launching out into new frontiers. Cutting out windows so you can see the planets as you sail by. Setting up a command station. Finding the flight suit. Even creating a helmet out of tinfoil to keep your mind clear of any opposing enemy chatter that might be out there floating in space. Then there are the fins and the tail that keep everything moving smoothly as you jet out into the unknown.
Did you know that out of the millions of people that have lived on the planet only 547 of them have been into space? Now, that’s according to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale which states that a person must have a spaceflight that is above 100 kilometers or sixty two miles. Anything under that measurement is just awarded ‘astronaut wings.’ Not bad, right? I wouldn’t mind that crown. But, to be in space? To see the Milky Way, step out onto the moon, pass by the earth and see it from our Creator’s perspective? Most of us would be speechless. The opportunity would be priceless. So, why only 547? Well, that’s a no brainer. The training is rigorous and brutal. The financial investment is mind blowing. And, the ability to step away from the solid ground you’ve always known fearlessly requires a faith most of us only dream of having. It’s easier to stay in a cardboard box pretending to go to new places and imaginatively go to new heights.
But, that’s space. Most of us will never become a NASA Astronaut or a NASA Space engineer and that is understood. However, there is another place that all of us do have the power to go. A place most of us have never gone before. It’s the place of ultimate risk. It’s a place of new beginning. It’s a place that cancels out the old and moves us forward into the new. It’s a land that most of us only dream of going. We sit in church settings week after week and hear about. We read books and travel to conferences hoping to find it. We even may set up a cardboard box in our hearts and pretend to fly there. But it’s a place that only real frontier seekers find. It’s that place of new beginnings that is accomplished with a living, fresh, and anointed relationship with Christ. Where we follow is where he leads, even when it gets uncomfortable. Why don’t we go there? Why do most of us stay in the place where we are? Because the training to be like Jesus, really like Jesus, is rigorous and brutal. It requires a willingness to invest our time, talent and treasure into what matters, not what creates a better life for us. Not what makes us seen and heard more. And, it demands a faith to step away from what we’ve always known and be willing to go to new places that the Holy Spirit wants to take us. Places of forgiveness. Places of letting go. Laying down old habits. Pushing past obstacles and holding our stomachs while facing the wildest of fears.
That is why the word says that the road is narrow and few walk it.
“Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.” Matthew 7:13-14, msg
But for those brave explorers that are willing to step out and take the time, Isaiah promises that the Lord has “so much more.” The impossible can happen. The dead can be raised to life. A heart can be renewed. A healing can take place. The hardest heart can be reached. The prisoner is set free. The impossible becomes more than just looking out the windows of an imaginary box. It becomes a reality.
The only way to get to this new frontier is to make a concrete decision. A decision to start the process of training. Investing into what matters. Taking the risk to live with faith. Real. Faith. Whatever may come. Because all that matters is that you’re moving forward…in the Lord.
Take that step today and boldly go where you’ve never gone before. Forward, my friend. Forward, on.