Untamed days stretch us, right? You know the ones where we are lifted to our feet, shaken out of our comfort zones, made to drop our apathy, and adrenaline pumps through our veins? In this wild life I’ve chosen, by God’s grace, this mamma has leapt not just into the safe, but joyfully splash landed into many unexplored waters with Him by my side.
For example, there was a bizarre day that the state police spotted our horse, cow, and two calves running outside of their fencing. As their new owner, all I could ponder while stepping on to the corn field was,
“Why am I here? What am I doing? Lord, please help us find the cows!”
However, I honestly had no clue what I’d do once we found them. You see, I was once a timid suburban girl–no cows, no cow pies, no feed, and I was raised on sweet corn from a can. Here I was, in a fit of adrenaline and excitement, trudging over nearby hills, through the rows, and calling to the creatures in my most cow-friendly voice. Back and forth my children, cousins, and I canvased our neighbors’ fields–calling, gasping, and weaving through the thickets. I quickly realized, that what I really needed was a quad–not that I would have known how to drive it. I needed my husband and I needed boots on my feet–not tennis shoes. Part of me hoped someone else would find them but after an hour or two–we spotted our fur babies in the neighbor’s field, all clustered together, and feasting.
“Never would I ever have imagined Kelly McManus chasing cows,” my cousin said.
Yes, this was all very new to me, but my kids, not to mention our cattle–needed me to find a way to get past my insecurities, get past my complacency, and enter the unknown. The team effort ended well. We drove two calves and the cow up the hill and back to the barn with only a few hiccups once we got there. We worked as a team–we cornered them, we attempted to halter them, we baited them, and after latching the barn door, we sighed. At that moment, I realized something new.
In bold steps of faith, beyond cows, I’ve learned God wants all of us, His children, to live untamed lives for His glory. Yes, sometimes I’ve personally felt fear of the unknown. Sometimes, I’ve shrunken back, felt anxiety, and worried when God has said go or do, but in light of His truth, I now know my human emotion must learn its place. I’ve learned to take deep, long, breaths when He leads me into new places. Even as a believer, I may still face struggle–wavering between living in the flesh and living in the Spirit of Christ. Because of this, I must devote myself to intense prayer. I also must wait on the Lord to lead me through His word and in ways I might not yet understand. You know, in the past, I could’ve stayed in my habitual routine and not moved when He said to over the years. I could have played things safe and not risked, stuck with my favorite people and not opened my heart, or hidden away instead of venturing into unknown realms–but then I remember Jonah. I remember that what I choose to do reflects what I believe and who I worship.
We, as His own, are called to become a living testimony of the Almighty–
trusting Him, His loving plan, and loving purpose for our lives.
So, if I may be bold, please allow me to ask–
- Do you have something that’s in line with God’s word tugging at your heart?
- Is it a wild thought or burden you cannot shake?
- Do you believe and trust in God’s ability to help you accomplish what He’s asking?
- Is there anything too hard for Him?
- Are you ready to witness His bold, adventurous, loving movement in your life?
- Are you ready to answer the call and live a wild, untamed life in Jesus Christ?
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1&2