From a young age, we are told to have the answers. We are encouraged to find solutions, make comparisons, apply our knowledge, and rejoice when we get the right answer. In Grade 3, my teacher had a well-known quote from Norman Vincent Peale hung at the front of the room for all to see. It read, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” The whole point of this quote is to encourage people to try! Even if you miss the goal and fail, you will still be farther ahead than you were before.
Then comes life outside of school, where 100% is no longer good enough. Soon you are expected to give 110% or gain results that are 300% more impressive than what was achieved the month before. Life becomes a game of winning; how to level up and succeed. Now, I was always under the impression that 100% was the best you could do. When did it change? What is more perfect than gaining perfection? At some point, we have jumped onto a hamster wheel. While we are tired and exhausted, it’s too hard to get off and be “less than,” perfect. Instead, we are running ourselves ragged, trying to achieve a perfection that can’t be measured.
I have come to dislike the word, “season” to be used to describe a part of life. Some days an “earthquake” or a “hurricane” seem to be more accurate descriptors. When the disciples were in the middle of the storm, they didn’t turn to each other and say, “Oh, it’s the rainy season. This storm shall pass.” They were scared! They were terrified! They were human because they didn’t have the knowledge that Jesus was going to calm the storm. They accounted for the rain and the wind and based their emotions off of them. They did not consider for the divine intervention of God.
How often do we base the truth off of what we can see, and not what we can’t see? I know I am in the same boat as the disciples- scared, trembling, emotional, tired, confused. Jesus, on the other hand, sees the big picture and is just waiting to bring His peace to the roaring seas and the emotions coursing through His followers.
If we are shooting for the moons, God is holding the galaxy in His hands. While our focus may be on our destination and what may happen if we don’t reach it, God’s focus is on how we go about getting there. Consider for a moment that God may be plotting a course that we cannot see; that we may not be considering because we are too focused on our own plan, but that allows us to get to our destination better than we could ever imagine?
The hard part is trusting God; trusting that He knows better than we do and that He is working for our good. It’s tough to trust, especially if you have never experienced the fruit of trust in your life. When you are falling and nothing makes sense, however, God is the only one who will catch you and provide you with a rock to stand on again. That rock may seem like a ledge, but as we trust and seek Him that ledge can turn into a platform large enough to relax on. It becomes a base on which we can believe in God’s goodness and wisdom rather than our own.
Giving up control is hard. It’s even harder to admit that we don’t have the answer and we aren’t sure how to go about getting it. But God has the answers. He always has and He always will. It’s okay if we miss the moon and find ourselves relying on our trust of God. In fact, it’s the best place we can be as it means that we are leaning on Him to direct and lead us on a journey that is more beautiful and grace-filled than we could ever imagine or believe ourselves worthy of.