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My dad owned a Chevy Impala for years. On the hood, was an emblem of the animal species which bore its name.

Since that time, I have discovered the impala has the amazing ability to jump over ten feet high. It also can leap a distance of thirty feet or more. But here is the weirdest thing about them – they can easily be contained in a zoo by a three foot wall.

While they have the ability to leap and jump over the enclosure, they choose not to do so. They do not even attempt to escape. Want to know why?

The impala will only leap and jump when it is able to see where it will land.

To word it another way, while they have this amazing ability to leap and jump to unbelievable heights, they do not possess the ability to take a “leap of faith”.

And so they remain limited by what their eyes can and cannot see.

I do not want to live like the impala. I want to live by faith. Taking leaps of faith.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, NASB)

Faith is taking God at His Word. Believing that if He said it, He will be faithful to do it.

In this same chapter of Hebrews, the writer put it this way regarding Sarah, By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised (verse 11). In writing about Moses, he says, By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen (verse 27).

They each had to believe that God would be true to His Word. Every one mentioned in the faith chapter of Hebrews 11 was required to take the leap.

The leap of faith.

Much like the impala, God has placed in us the wonderful ability to leap. May we take the leap even if we cannot see where we will land, for we will always land exactly where He intended.

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
(Corrie ten Boom)

Debbie Wilson’s new book, Little Strength Big God, is strengthening my soul. I reviewed the book here, but have returned to read through and study a bit more slowly. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit, we need a bit more of it. In her post, Mastering Self-Control in a World Out of Control, she writes: “When life spins out of control, it’s easy to trade self-control for self-indulgence.” But self-indulgence weakens us, and self-control strengthens us and honors God. Her post is sure to get you thinking.


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