So I was reading Psalm 62 this morning and there was this line in the Message version:
"My help and glory are in God - granite strength and safe-harbor-God - So trust him absolutely, people; lay your lives on the line for him. God is the safe place to be."
This is an important concept that is hard to live by. Being in God's will is the safest place you can ever be, even if it feels like you are in immense danger. When I read this, the image that popped into my head was one from the movie Inception, which Abby and I saw Saturday night. In the movie, at one point, there is a shot where Cobb and Mal are laying down on a train track with their heads on the tracks and a train is barreling down on them. This is an intense image of danger. It is laying your life "on the line" in a literal way. (I searched for a picture of this scene but could not find it.)
Pehaps God calls us to do something crazy and we think that if we follow him we will not be safe. He might call us to do somethign crazy with our money that seems as if he is calling us to finacial ruin. He might call us to move somewhere that, if we followed, we expect to lose all connection with family and friends. He might call us to something that involves physical danger. But this place, whatever place he calls us to, is SAFE. Safe in a different way. Who is more safe, the missionary who prays and hopes and trusts that the money will come even though he has not idea how or where? Or the trust fund baby who know exactly where his money comes from each month? Maybe better put like this: Aslan is not safe. But he is good. So are you more safe WITH Alsan or without him? With him of course. He may call you to do crazy things, but beacsue he is with you, you feel safe doing them.
One more note on Psalm 62: verse 11 says "One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you O Lord are loving." Jon Foreman is quoting this in his song "Your Love is Strong", a modern musical take on the Lord's prayer. Give it a listen. It is beautiful and perhaps my favorite modern worship song.