We bounced around in our old Land Rover early one morning on a dusty African road. I was 12 years old at the time and proudly held my pellet rifle in my hands. But one thing bothered me about my gun: it made almost no sound, maybe like a low sneeze, when I pulled the trigger. However, my brothers and I found the perfect solution. The Army had left live blanks lying around in the semi-desert area where we were heading. When I taped one of those to the end of my pellet rifle, the shots sounded better than a real gun!
Ready for action, we approached a herd of impalas. We sneaked up to them, shushing each other when we thought someone made too much noise. When we reached the impalas, I fired my rifle. Oh, so much fun for a 12-year-old! The impalas jumped straight up in the air, about eight feet. It was incredible to see how high they could jump. Of course, my rifle was all noise and no bite!
Did you know that the impalas are kept in zoos with walls of only three feet surrounding them? Although they can jump eight feet high, they are held captive by three-foot walls! But even though they are in captivity, they never attempt to jump over those walls because they cannot see what is on the other side.
Most people have the potential to do incredible things for God but are held captive by a lack of trust and faith in God. We could jump eight-foot walls, but shy back from a three-foot wall because we don’t feel secure or see the guarantee for how things will turn out for us. The enemy laughs, as we waste our lives cowering within our walls. Just one leap of faith would take us to freedom!
Are you being held back a three-foot wall today?
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”