Just yesterday a friend mentioned that she may possibly pass through Istanbul on the way to somewhere else and may have a day to kill in the airport between flights. Apart this possibility causing Istanbul not Constantinople to dance through my head I started planning all that she could do in a day – including a market tour culminating in cookery lessons. I realised that I am guilty of trying to travel vicariously – I love to travel and do get to do it as much as you like. (For those who are thinking but Tracey you have lived in Malawi & South Africa, I don’t count travelling to somewhere and then living there as proper travel!) I’m probably guilty of living much of my life vicariously through others – I’ll come up with a great menu for a dinner party for you but I’ll be unlikely to host one myself. Eastenders and 7 de laan are my guilty pleasure – after all soapies are designed to draw you in to live vicariously through the characters lives. Biographies, blogs, social networking all allow us to peek into the lives of others and to live their highs and lows. But what about my own life?
Jesus said that we would be able to do even greater things than the disciples had witnessed:
John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
Paul said that God can do even more than we can imagine:
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
I wonder am I too busy listening to the amazing testimonies of God’s power and goodness but not actually expecting that God would do that through me. I want to see God exceed the boundaries of my imagination for my own life and to see what powerful things he has done. This year I want to be available for God and not to settle for living vicariously.