But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
How is it that at our weakest, we are the strongest version of ourselves? When we rely on The Lord, we’re stepping into the power and authority of the one who created the heavens and the Earth. God has made it abundantly clear that we will need Him in this life and that we never walk alone when we’re being obedient to His will. The main key to that statement is being obedient. In order to be obedient, we have to know God’s promises and His commands, and be able to recognize His voice.
There have been so many occasions in my life when I had to take a leap of faith, but the most life-changing decision I needed God’s help with was when I felt led to move from Hawaii to California as soon as I landed in California for the first time. I wondered “Why? How? When?!” only to discover a year later that my husband was in California as well as my career and ministry.
Are you at a crossroads with God where you kinda sorta trust that everything will work out for your good, but you’re also shaking in your boots because you’re embarking on some new territory? God never has and never will live inside of our comfort zones because it’s outside of those where we need Him the most. Throughout your life changes, there will be opportunities to cower in fear or to be bold in your faith.
In the following 10 examples, I’ll cover a few life phases and common signs that it may be time for you to take a leap of faith.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
In Your Singleness
1. If you’ve noticed that your walk with God has hit a plateau, it may mean that you’re about to go to a new and deeper level in your relationship with Him. I remember being a little intimidated to start drawing closer to God because it meant the enemy’s target on my back would get bigger and Satan would want to destroy my life and take me out. That might seem a bit dramatic to some of you, but there are a lot of people who fear praying for spiritual gifts like healing, speaking in tongues, prophecy, preaching, etc. When God calls you closer, take that leap knowing that He is guiding and protecting you so that His will can be fulfilled.
2. Before getting married or starting a family, you have much more time to devote to The Lord. This is the perfect opportunity to start praying for instructions and cover your unique purpose and ministry here on Earth. When God begins to speak to you about starting up a Bible study, creating an online Christian magazine, writing a book or even recording testimony videos to share on social media, your first reaction may be to remind God that you’re not ready for that. However, if you’ve been nudged over and over by the Holy Spirit, the best thing is to start and allow God to lead you step by step. You don’t need to have things perfectly planned out to begin doing something He’s told you to do. Quickly obey and watch God work it out and provide the people and resources you need.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
In Your Education
3. I graduated from high school with honors only to find myself without scholarships or financial aid to pay for college because of my family’s financial tax bracket. No resources came through for me to go out of state for college or to stay on a college campus close to home. I received a piece of mail out of the blue from a local community college about a program that fit my interests perfectly. Instead of staying in a stage of self-pity, I decided to take a leap of faith and enroll into one of the best decisions of my life. Do you feel like your plans have been ruined and are out of your control? Look for clues that may lead you to an alternate plan that still fits into your passions.
4. For some of you, your family has a lot of input in regard to what school you should go to and even what your major should be. I understand that some career paths are a little “safer” than others, but would you rather be safe or begin on a path where God needs you to be? After praying and seeking God, you may find that you have to let your loved ones know that you’ll be going in a completely new direction at a different college or career altogether. I promise you it will all work out and you will have so much more peace by submitting to God’s will.
In Your Career
5. There are so many types of careers as well as ways to “move up the ladder” in each. I’ve had my fair share of working for companies, but once I got married and moved to California, I felt the Lord leading me to work for myself. What you’re called to do may not have been done before and you may be spearheading a completely unique career. If God has told you to start that clothing company, begin that tech startup or even offer an eco-friendly cleaning service that grows into having your own employees some day, trust that the hard work and atypical plan will be worth it. I bet He’s already given you the endurance and resilience to take on such a great responsibility.
6. If you’ve always seen yourself working within a company, but have started dreading going into work lately, God may be ready to promote you. It’s pretty scary to ask for a raise, promotion or transfer even though you know you deserve it, so what do you do? I met someone who created their own position at a company that wasn’t hiring. He pitched his role and responsibilities, and God helped him convince that company that there was a need for him. Fast forward a few years and now he runs his own company with the things he learned from that experience. It may seem crazy to people, but if you feel an urgency to take that risk, go for it and see how God meets you there.
The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:17-18)
7. The world says “Date so you’ll know what you like.” “Move in together so there will be no surprises on your wedding day.” “If you don’t have any kids in the mix, there’s no reason to wear a ring.” This can make sense when you don’t understand that God created marriage and designed it to happen in a specific way. If you have family, friends and strangers trying to hook you up so you won’t be single, politely decline and leave it in God’s hands. It seems a little risky to stop dating in order to prepare for marriage, but letting go of distractions will give you a clear head to focus on becoming the right wife for your future husband. It’s your husband’s job to find you, not the other way around.
8. Similar to the unsolicited advice you’ll get about your education or career, there will be plenty of people who may not agree with the spouse God has told you is for you. I’ve seen relationships fall apart because of this intimidation. I’ve even seen divorce happen because someone was so eager to be married that they didn’t have time to wait on God. If you really believe God has your best interests at heart, you’ll wait on His timing and trust that the blessing of marriage is catered specifically for you. If the uncertainty is too overwhelming, ask God for continued confirmation, and keep stepping forward toward marriage even when doubts from the enemy show up.
9. This might be a sensitive subject because some of you have been told by medical professionals that you’ll never be able to have biological children. It’s heartbreaking to think that you’ll never see the realization of one of your dreams because of an illness or infertility. I’m not going to tell you what will or won’t happen in your life, but I’ve heard so many testimonies of women who had trouble conceiving for years turn around and have several children over time. I personally know a few women (one is my mother) who prayed passionately to God after hearing a doctor say it’s impossible for them to get pregnant, only to conceive and give birth to a healthy child later. God hears us and sometimes things turn around in our favor because our faith is able to move mountains.
10. Perhaps you feel God calling you to start a family of your own, but the idea of being a mom scares you. You may have never had the right example in your life and you think you would only let your children down. You are not a prisoner of your past, and God can give you a new heart for your future kids that you never dreamt was possible. Instead of saying no, tell God that you trust Him and ask for His help in turning your fear into excitement.
I hope these helped you to move forward in your leap of faith if you’re facing a crossroads in life. When taking any leap of faith, we must first know that the spiritual nudging to do so is from God. Remember that all good things come from God and He will direct your path if you trust in Him and develop an intimate relationship with Jesus. You may be waiting to have peace about something, but I’ve witnessed and can personally attest to the fact that peace comes with obedience. Once you decide to say yes to God, the peace that surpasses all understanding will be made available to you.
Do you have any personal testimonies of taking a leap of faith and how it turned out? Let us know in the comments!