One thing I used to love doing clambering over the endless granite rocks that peppered the headlands guarding the white sandy beaches of the South West.
One way to navigate your way over this precarious rocky terrain is to carefully pick your hands and feet their exact positioning, testing each boulder for its stability before moving to the next. Although the safer option, this would take a disproportionately long time.
The other option is to choose confidence. Instead of second guessing yourself every step, you'd take your best guess and commit. Even as one foot was still mid flight you would choose the landing positioning of the other. Although you'd occasionally be put off balance by an unstable rock your momentum would carry you to the steady one beside it. Although this method involved a little more risk, it got you much further and faster than the other.
Sometimes taking steps of faith can feel a little like taking your best guess.
There's always a certain level of trepidation involved in stepping out into the unknown, and as we shuffle towards taking these leaps of faith we can either stall right at the starting line or second guess ourselves mid-step.
Sometimes the fear of taking the wrong step can be even more paralysing than if we actually ended up stepping in the wrong direction. But this is no way to navigate life!
David lived confident. Although his feet landed on many unbalanced rocks throughout his life, he had more confidence in the ability of God to rescue him than he did in his own ability to get it perfect all the time. He knew the momentum of his faith would carry him to the steady rock on the other side of his failure:
'The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?' – Psalm 27:1 (NIV)
Even when surrounded by the apparent evidence that screamed God had abandoned him he chose to remain confident:
'Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident' (27:3)
Instead of stalling in fear, take your best guess, knowing God is big enough to cover your missed steps and mistakes!