“For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.” 2nd Samuel 22:30
Leap: verb \ˈlēp\ – “to spring free from or as if from the ground” (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leap)
With almost 2 months of 2016 nearly complete, many of us have reached or are reaching that interesting point in the year, where if we don’t get moving on the goals we have set, or changes we planned to make, transformation more than likely will not happen. Not this year anyway. This is the point where we often begin to lose some of our excitement, our enthusiasm, our momentum in pressing forward on the new path we have forged. New routines are becoming tiresome, challenges and obstacles begin to pop up EVERYWHERE, and often times, much of the crowd that started the race with us has since dropped out. This is the defining moment where we must either choose to dig deep and push ourselves, or resign ourselves to complacency, stagnation, and ultimately defeat.
Now is the time to LEAP!
When I think of the physical action of leaping, I imagine those cartoons or highly imaginative and implausible shows we used to watch. The character would look across a canyon or high ledge, seemingly measuring the distance to their desired landing place, backs up a few paces, and with every bit of energy and gusto they possess, leaps – arms flailing and sometimes eyes closed – to the other side. The camera often pans inward highlighting the character’s point of focus, putting peripheral distractions out of view, and keeping only the landing place and beyond in sight. The character appears to compress and expand like a literal spring as they dig their heels into the ground, assuming the appropriate form to jump up and over the deep chasm below.
David, King of Israel offers up the words of 2nd Samuel 22:30 in a song of Thanksgiving unto the Lord as he reflects on his victories in battle and his deliverance from the threats and attacks of King Saul. He rejoices that God has given him the ability to overcome the troops or armies and enemies that opposed him, rescued him from the hand of his most formidable foe.
Today, I have good news for you – God will do the same for us too!
God promised to give us strength to carry out our purpose. In the case of 2nd Samuel 22:30, we see that He gives the ability to overcome whatever challenges or obstacles or opposition may stand in our way. He will even give us the “bounce” we need to pass over the walls the enemies of our destiny – fear, doubt, insecurity, negativity, complacency, lack, and procrastination – have erected to shut us out.
As we prepare to close out the month of February (including the coming Leap Day), let us ask God to restore our focus, block out the distractions, cause us to look beyond our obstacle to our landing place, take the necessary steps to accelerate quickly, assume the position and LEAP!