It's probably much worse than this plunge, but this is the earthly thing that I imagine. Standing on the edge and knowing that I have to take the step, but I am scared out of my mind. Nothing good can happen, right? The fear and dread creep up my body and choke me. The weird thing is that, if you were standing on the literal cliffs of Dover, on the very edge, your good friends would come up and save you. They would protect you from a fatal fall. But, not this time. This isn't the literal Dover cliffs, but rather a leap of faith that your friends are telling you to just take. In fact, they're even encouraging you to take your son along and push him off in mama-bird fashion.
I'm describing my current leap of faith. What is the leap of faith that you must presently take? We don't know the outcome--as much as we would like to plan it and control it, we cannot. Yet, we must leap or the opportunity to trust will be missed and there will be plenty of ramifications should that be our course.
As a woman who has the privilege to talk with many women and minister to their needs, I see common themes. One such theme is the need to trust God. No matter our station in life, a professing believer in Christ is always given opportunities to trust God more. When we accept these, our faith is tested and grown. When we reject these, our maturity is stunted and sin usually abounds.
All women must trust God more and more. This is obviously the case for men too, but for the sake of this post, let's talk ladies. We will be placed in situations that God provides so that we will grow in wisdom and maturity. Our faithful response will result in greater dependence upon Him and less upon ourselves. We will become more intimate with Jesus as we realize He alone is worthy of our complete trust.
Specifically, for mothers, we must trust God when our babies are growing inside us. Will everything turn out okay? Will I survive labor? What if something goes wrong? How will I get through that? Then...when our children grow, we must trust God more as we train them in His ways, as we are exhausted and don't think we can go on, and as we may fear that our little disobedient ones may never even want to follow Him. Fast forward a few years (and those years certainly are like a fast-forward button on a VCR player) and mothers must trust God for their children to follow Jesus, to pursue holiness and not what their flesh desires, to make wise and godly choices when they have moved out on their own.
In addition to motherhood, women must trust God in many ways--whether it is for the provision of a spouse, the right job, what ministries to serve in, friendship issues, you name it...everything that we do must be done in faith or else it is sin.
But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith for whatever is not from faith is sin. Romans 14: 23
This scripture passage speaks to being worried over whether we can eat this or that, but this principle pertains to all of life even beyond our food intake. As I examine my current situation in life, am I spending more time fretting over the unknown or am I in prayer trusting all-knowing God for everything? Often, for me, it's a process. This is likely for you as well. I don't just wake up one morning and say, "I completely trust God in this scary and uncertain circumstance." Rather, it's more like a wrestling match. I fight with God, I tell Him better scenarios, I sit in the corner of the ring crying and wringing my hands, I fight with Him some more...but, prayerfully, I eventually surrender to Him.
And, in this surrender is faith. When God has all of us, there is great blessing.
So, whatever you are going through right now, if you are struggling to trust God, remember that He is completely trustworthy. He is good. He is faithful. He will walk us through everything, even the worst-case scenario.
When we are weary of trusting, when we are fearful of trusting, when we have sinned in the wrestling...it is time to jump. Ask God for crazy faith and just jump.
Look at these amazing promises of God carrying us as we trust Him:
and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place. Deuteronomy 1: 31
As an eagle stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreading out its wings, taking them up, carrying them on its wings. Deuteronomy 32: 11
In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bore them and carried them all the days of old.
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever. Psalm 28: 9
Trust God like crazy.
I may be taking them out of context, but in the words of REO Speedwagon: 'it's time for me to fly'.