Over the Edge of the Wild

Adam Ponter

This past season in my life has been the most challenging, taxing, yet fruitful time of my life. It began with finishing an education, marriage, leaving a ministry, family and friends, all for a new adventure.

The interesting thing about the Christian life is its foundation in faith, both the faithfulness of Christ and our faith in him. God makes no promises or guarantees other than the fact that he is faithful. He is faithful to the truth of his word and his covenant of grace and salvation.

He promises nothing else because nothing else is needed. God does watch over us, as in Matthew 6:26, and this season has affirmed that but it has also revealed to me God’s desire and willingness to let me step out in faith and write the pages of my adventure as a coauthor. God is vastly grander than I have ever given him credit of being and has overwhelmingly proved himself as the very essence of existence, more so than any mission trip, theological course or glimpse at the wonder of creation has ever shown me.

I stepped out in faith and it would seem to most that I both failed miserably at times and had great successes, but I have come to the realization that there is no failure or success in the Kingdom, because it is all equal part and value in who we are and our stories. Kingdom life on Earth is about following and walking with Jesus in adventure because the Gospel is an adventure story. I think this is why my favorite song is Be Thou My Vision.

I love to just let go and follow God over the edge, not because it comes easily to me, but because it is the most difficult and beautiful thing life has to offer. Surrender to Jesus is such a wondrous, transforming thing but most people view it so negatively. It is not a begrudging act nor should it be followed by a desperate need for assurance or comfort.

It is the liberating beginning of an eternity of faith and adventure filled with joy, peace, surprises and freedom. I thank you all who have played a part in my adventure here and have forever impacted my life from this chapter of it. Much as this is the source of my love for Be Thou My Vision, this same theological principal springs my love for all things J.R.R. Tolkien, so I leave you with this…

“There are no safe paths in this part of the world. Remember you are over the Edge of the Wild now, and in for all sorts of fun wherever you go.”

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
— By Thou My Vision