Friday Finds: Chasing Daylight

Chasing Daylight by Erwin McManus has been on my top influential reads since the fall of 2006. I was looking for a book to read on my “exploratory” flight out to Arizona. I walked into the office of my boss and borrowed Seizing Your Divine Moment straight off his shelf. (The book has since been rereleased with the title, Chasing Daylight. Little did I know how apropos that choice would prove to be!)

Here I was, 24 years old and considering moving from Texas to Arizona and not knowing a soul in the desert. I would be far from home, friends, and everything familiar – but I couldn’t shake the feeling that God had brought this opportunity my way.

I realized my mistake in borrowing the book even before I boarded the flight. Since the copy wasn’t my own, I wasn’t free to high-light or mark up the words that were causing my heart to leap out of my chest. I have twelve pages in one of my journals just filled with quotes and thoughts captured on my three-hour flight to Phoenix. My interview wasn’t until the following morning, but already I felt more ready to GO if this was a God-breathed opportunity.

This book didn’t tell me to take the job at the church in Phoenix. This book didn’t contain a page that read, “Ginger, you should do this. Love, God.” But this book did allow me to comprehend the possibility of the moment.  Rather than focusing on my fears of what might happen, the chapters encouraged me to embrace adventure.  This was a chance to change the course of my life and risk big in order to gain more of Him and less of me.

Chasing Adventure, November 2006

I highly recommend this book for dreamers and adventurers everywhere.

“What if you knew womewhere in front of you was a moment that would change your life forever, a moment rich in potential, a moment filled with endless possibilities?  What if you knew that there was a moment coming, a divine moment, on where God would meet yu in such a way that nothing would be the same again?  What if there was a moment, a defining moment, where the choices you made determined the c ourse and momentum of your future?  How would you treat that moment?  How would you prepare for it?  How would you identify it?”Chasing Daylight

“The most important moments rarely come at a convenient time.  Sometimes you wish that God would check your calendar first.  The ironic part is that our schedules get packed with the mundane and ordinary, and we become irritated with god when He interrupts us with the miraculous and extraordinary.  The Bible is full of stories about people who were rudely interrupted by God.  We read them and long to have the kind of adventure experienced by those men and women.  Yet when God interrupts us, are we willing to respond on a moment’s notice?”Chasing Daylight

As Erwin McManus says…

Dream. Risk. Create.