“For by You I can run upon a troop; And by my God I can leap over a wall.”
~ Psalm 18:29
All of us have walls in our lives–walls that seem to stop our forward motion. If only I could have more money, had more help, had more friends, wasn’t plagued by this illness or difficult marriage, or or or.
I am a Pollyanna at heart and love peace and lack of contention and for everyone and everything in my wake to be in harmony, but most of my life has been just the opposite–and every woman’s life is filled with disharmony-fusses, messes, bills, discontent, meanness, injustice.
But, the glory of a woman who has Christ in her life is to mount up over that wall–to, by God’s grace, leap up over the obstacles–to see HIm take us through. If we believe in Him and His reality, we have no other choice than to live by that reality, regardless of our feelings, our circumstances, or our friend’s or the world’s opinion of our circumstances. It is to God’s glory for us to live supernaturally.
My life’s call is to make Him a reality, to accept the limitations of my own life in my own story and mount over those limitations by my God. To do the impossible because “All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me.”
The reason I have loved the stories of David from the Bible over the years, is that he mounted up over so many walls–and no matter what, he embraced God and believed that He was good. He wrote songs about Him, worshiped Him, and always believed God listened to his prayers. Even though his brothers looked down on him; the king whose kingdom he saved was against him; his wife turned against him and eventually left him; he was sought for years and years by Saul and his army to be killed, all of his children and family were kidnapped by Philistines; his own son mounted an army and an attack against him; friends deserted him— yet in all this, David chose to be resilient, and wrote, “By my God, I can leap over a wall.”
Because of this heart, a God-fast heart, he was chosen by God to have an inheritance forever, to be known as
”David, a man after God’s heart.”
And so, it is to the honor of a Godly woman, in the presence of her children and friends, to mount up over the walls in her life with joy that comes from obedience; with strength that comes from trusting God; with beauty that comes from choosing to believe in God’s goodness and light in the midst of darkness.
It is why I chose to write Dancing with My Father—finding joy in a fallen world. It will probably be my magnum opus and my goal for life–to remain joyful, faithful, life-giving and strong, even when I feel weak or discouraged, because I am holding the hand of one who can mount up over any obstacle and will bless me and help me as I wait on Him.
If we say we are believers and servants of Christ, then our lives should be more excellent because He is the pinnacle of excellence and lives inside of us and through us. But, when the walls are there, the secret is not to look at the wall in fear, but to have a heart that goes to Him and worships Him and says, “God, if you put this wall here, show me your way, your purpose, your strength, that in the story of my life, I may live faithfully at every point, every temptation, every test, and that now I may with grace, leap over this wall.”
By Clarkson, Sally