There are no guarantees to life...we are not promised that we will wake up tomorrow morning or arrive home safely from a trip to the grocery. If I died today, the last thing I would want someone to say about me at my funeral is that I played it "safe"!! I want to go where Jesus leads...and I am SURE of the fact that at times it will not be what I would consider safe.
C.S. Lewis’ children’s book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, tells of the adventures of four children in the magical kingdom of Narnia. Jesus is represented by the lion Aslan. When in Narnia, the children meet Mr and Mrs Beaver, who describe the mighty lion to them.
"Is he a man?" asked Lucy.
"Aslan a man!" said Mr Beaver sternly. Certainly not. I tell you he is King of the wood and the son of the great emperor-beyond- the-sea. Don’t you know who is the King of the Beasts? Aslan is a lion – the Lion, the great lion."
"Ooh!" said Susan, "I’d thought he was a man. Is he – quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion."
"That you will, dearie, and no mistake" said Mrs Beaver; "if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly."
"Then he isn’t safe?" said Lucy.
"Safe?" said Mr Beaver; "don’t you hear what Mrs Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you."
The disciples did not live safe lives…in Acts 4:1-4 it says:
"The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand."
Jesus' life was NOT safe...and if we choose to follow Him, I don't believe His desire is for us to live "safe" lives either. His desire for us is that we would follow His example, listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading & trust Him, no matter where that leads us…even if it’s not safe!