Saturday, January 19, 2013

Leap of Faith

Moving forward, especially into a new realm, isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be downright scary.

Over the past few years, I’ve lost a lot of family members. And one of my brothers has been battling metastatic cancer. The entire process has been painful—hard to adjust to—difficult for me to move on.

The night before my mother died, she told me, “You need to slow down, honey. Take care of yourself.”

Easier said than done.

Soon after, God impressed upon my heart that I should rest.

So I did.

This year, though, He’s nudging me in a new direction. I sense it has to do with my writing, but I have no idea where I’m going, except . . . forward. And I feel like a child wandering in the wilderness.


Yet part of me is excited. You know, to finally step out of the shadows.
But there’s another part of me which is frightened. How do I move forward when I can't see? When the majority of what I’m familiar with has been stripped away, and many of the touchstones in my life have been removed?
I’m reminded of Abraham. God told him to leave all; to go to a land that God would show him. But God didn’t tell him where it was.
“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise” (Hebrews 11:8-9 KJV).
This is one of the many things I love about God. For every tough situation we face, He has an example for us to follow. And He even shows us the outcome, if we’ll listen.
"For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Romans 4: 3 KJV).
I’m still scared. I’d be lying if I said otherwise, but I know God is in control. He is my Father. He loves me, wants what’s best for me—knows me better than anyone else ever could.
So I guess I’ll put one foot in front of the other and move forward. It might be slow going at first, but God will carry me. He always has.
Blessed be your name, Lord, for you are good, and your mercy endures forever. For there is none liken unto thee, Lord, no not one. God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the seed of Abraham, my friend.
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