Imagine walking on the road next to a bridge . . . and just as the bridge begins to ascend and stretch across the body of water, you reach the shoreline and you have to stop. And all you can do is look up and wonder what it would be like to cross that bridge.
From where you are, you can only imagine what it would be like to stand, suspended, over this water. And, you can only imagine what might lie at the other end of this bridge.
Walking a ways alongside a bridge is obviously not the same as actually ascending that bridge . . . yet, this is the very scenario that represents reality for many of us.
Don’t we often play things out over and over again in our minds, but always stop short of taking any real steps?
We become familiar with what we presume to be the slope of the bridge.
We envision what the problems will be.
We imagine the fierceness of the wind on our faces.
And we imagine the fear we’ll feel at looking down into the deep water beneath us.
We imagine and imagine until we have gathered enough reasonable support for our initial fear-notion—that something will go wrong if we were to try to cross the bridge. So we don’t cross. In fact, we don’t take any steps on the bridge. We come up with a million and one good reasons why we shouldn’t, yet, we can’t get away from our intuition’s insistence that we should try.
Moving your life from Trouble to High Places is a courageous undertaking that begins as a prayerful urge, and grows from a high-belief-lurching-forth into an awkward, indescribable, half-flying/half-crawling leap of pure Faith.
Your desire to change will come sporadically at first, like little hiccups of longing. But your desire will have to become full of Faith before you can take your first real steps.
Spanning the bridges with your mind, and rocking your considerations back and forth, you will sense yourself living between two different realities—the reality in your womanspace, where your visions are already real and grown, and your outer reality, where your hope-seeds may not have even sprouted yet.
Today, imagine yourself being ready to leap forward.
Imagine the amazing things that could happen if you were to leap!
Know that the most effective leaps are leaps of Faith!!!
Excerpt from From Trouble to High Places: Meditations for Women Who Are So Ready to Cross the Bridges That Lead to Joy! Copyright 2009 Esther Davis-Thompson.