Friday I met with one of my favorite people. For more than a decade Erica Wilson and I worked together at TreeHouse. While Erica is disinclined to gamble with her money, recently she gambled with her life. Erica left behind her job, friends and family and moved to Belize for three months.
While it was not a permanent departure from her life in Minnesota, it was a significant life transition.
I asked her, “How do you gamble losing all that?“
Erica smiled with a slight shrug, “The only thing that comes to mind is that I trusted God with it completely.”
Knowing her as well as I do I had an idea what she meant, but I pressed for more details. “I think it came out of so many years of God asking me to do things that were challenging. I’m amazed at God’s faithfulness. I had already known and trusted God with my life this was just another (decision to trust God with).”
This week millions will celebrate Christmas. Most of us will exchange presents, but it’s the notion of the presence of God that is most compelling when I think about Christmas.
Historical documents explain that God became incarnate and came to the Earth.
Erica is gambling that God still interacts with people. While biographers quote Jesus Christ’s conversations with family, friends, and enemies, Erica believes that God still speaks today.
She gambles. She believes.
– She believes God still speaks.
– She believes that you and I could hear from God.
– She believes that you and I could discern what God was in and what God was not in.
While it’s a gamble to leave everything behind Erica found that God met her needs.
– Even when she got ill.
– Even when she was too sick to get out of bed.
– Even when she found scorpions in her room.
– Even when she found a scorpion IN her bed
Humbly Erica adds, “I know God gifted me. I know God anointed me. I knew God would give me what I need each day.”
For Erica her faith in an unseen God who does not speak with a spoken voice is not a gamble, it’s a way of life.
How About You?
What gamble have you been talked out of and you wish that you had done?
What gamble might you be willing to take?