Sean Larsen – Resident of Global Outreach
My body was lying in the dust. Lips dry and cracked. Skin being scorched by the hot Arizona sun. The water from the canal looked tempting today.
I had only ventured out for a four-mile run. It was something that I was easily capable of doing. Yet, today I would not make it back. My body would later be found, a dehydrated and sun burnt mess. The article in the paper the next day would read: Midwestern kid thought he could handle the heat! Hah!
Have you ever signed up for something and later found it was nothing like you expected it to be? Maybe it was a college class that looked interesting or a job that you thought suited your skill set. Maybe it was a relationship that later led you to think, “What did I get myself into?!”
For me, it was the Arizona heat. Having just moved to the area, I confidently strode out of my apartment complex on an August afternoon to go running. Every single person I had mentioned my plans of moving to Arizona confidently told me, “It’s a dry heat.” Dry or wet, one hundred degrees Fahrenheit is still one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. This I learned while trying to run on that unforgettable August afternoon. I remember thinking, “Lord, what have I gotten myself into?”
Throughout the Bible, there are many stories where I imagine the main characters ask, “What have I gotten myself into?” Moses confronted arguably the most powerful man in the world. Daniel ended up in a lion’s den. Esther kneeled before the king. The sick woman that grabbed Jesus’ robe stopped the entire procession. Jesus prayed in the garden knowing what would come next.
These characters were faced with incredibly trying situations! Moments that challenged them to their core!
What have you gotten yourself into? Maybe you committed to an ambitious exercise plan. Maybe you took a different job. Maybe you got more involved with your church. Whatever you have gotten yourself into, whatever daunting circumstances you face, God is with you. Know that just as he didn’t leave Moses, Daniel, Esther, the sick woman, and Jesus to face their obstacles by themselves, he won’t leave you.
Psalm 46:1-2 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,”