I came across the following quotation in my reading this morning. As I have been thinking about risk-taking recently, it resonated . . .
God bore Israel on eagles' wings and again and again demonstrated that He was sufficient when the Hebrews flew by faith. In all kinds of ways - the miracles in Egypt, at the Red Sea, the manna, the quail, and the water out of the rock - He showed that He wanted them to step out in faith. If they fell, He picked them up and took them up again and again to teach them to fly. As you reflect on what happened to Israel, recall a circumstance in which you felt God "pushed you or your church off the cliff" or when God "shook you into the air to cause you to fly by faith."
As with Israel, God brings His people today to a decision point. He brings you to the place where you must exercise faith - stepping out on a limb that you don't know will hold you up. When you step out in faith, you find God has provided wings - the wings of faith. You begin to fly and fulfill the purpose for which God has designed you! It's glorious! God's people may be at such a point. We will either believe God and follow Him, or history will record the story of our bleached bones in the desert.
- On Mission with God by Avery Willis and Henry Blackaby