Distance. People often talk about “going the distance”, “finishing the race”, “finish what you start” ~ but what happens if you can’t go the distance.
“I would love to come speak to your group, but I can’t get that far south. I’m so sorry. I wanted to let you know as soon as possible so you could begin looking for another speaker.” I told the nice lady on the phone.
“You know, I really think you are the one. How far can you get?”
It was an interesting question that really caught me off guard. In my often black and white world, there were only two options ~ get myself there or politely decline the request to speak. I obviously saw option two as the only viable option, and then I hear “how far can you get?”
I stumbled over my words as I quickly thought, how far could I comfortably get?
“I could take the train to the Oceanside station,” I offered.
“Perfect! I can pick you up there!”
“Okay, I’ll put it on my calendar.” I hung up chuckling and at the same time wondering what in the world just happened. And then I realized what a wonderful, remarkable question my new friend asked ~ how far could I get?
It was a good question for me, and for the likes of me, who often think of life in terms of all or nothing. Either I get all the way there or I don’t speak. Either I have everything I need to execute perfectly or I won’t try. Either I know all the answers or I won’t be bold. Either I know I can reach my destination or I won’t start the journey.
But now this twist ~ how far can I get? Perhaps I don’t have to do it all myself. Maybe, just maybe, as far as I can get is good enough. It’s possible that by allowing someone to meet me part way, I am allowing someone else to be a blessing and therefore, be blessed themselves. And here’s a crazy thought, maybe God is saying, “Lynne, how far can you get? Give it a try! That’s fabulous, my child! And don’t worry, I can take over once you are as far as you can get.”
And another crazy thought ~ maybe once I get as far as I can go, I will be able to go a little farther next time. So on Tuesday, December 12th I will be speaking at a luncheon in San Diego because someone asked, “How far can you get?” Now I am asking you, how far can you get? Maybe that’s as far as you need to go!
For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13