I recently had a conversation with a co-worker at the high school where I teach. She is a Student Advocate and serves as a resource/support person to students who struggle academically. Sorting out their social issues is also part of the job at times. In addition, she plans special performance events and connects students with resources for college planning and application. It’s a good and fulfilling job, with nice pay and benefits. Despite being well-loved and respected by students and staff alike, she announced recently that she is resigning.
The reason for her departure is that God has opened a door for her to take her part-time pursuit of running a theater performance company that she founded and make it a full-time endeavor. Obviously, it is a risk to relocate her family and attempt to build up a business with her husband. Plus she has an infant son. But, she heard God’s call. Hearing His call, she answered by taking a step of faith. Honestly, I am impressed, a little envious, and amazed at her willingness to boldly move in a direction that will cause her to leave a pretty comfortable and stable situation in exchange for one that is not yet solidified.
When I popped in on her this week to talk to her about her new pursuits and wish her well, she said something that struck a chord deep within me. She said that she was giving up what was good in pursuit of what God was calling her to do. WOW. Think about that. She gave up something good that happens to be stable and safe for something even better, but is much more an act of faith and trust.
In the days that followed after I had this conversation with her, I found myself thinking about what she’d said.
I’m giving up what’s good for what God is doing…
This reminds me of several scriptures that address stepping out in faith, most notably that of Abram in Genesis 12. As an old man at 75 years old, he obeyed God’s call without knowing where he was headed. Imagine being called to go someplace, but you aren’t told where until you say yes.
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.
Abram became Abraham, father of many nations, because he stepped out and obeyed God without knowing where he was going. He left familiarity, comfort and certainty for something completely foreign. God honored that exponentially.
We can learn a lesson from Abraham and listen when the still, small voice of the Spirit speaks. We must run to the throne room and pray,when the stirring within to take a risk and depart from the safety of what is familiar happens. Seek, pray, obey. In addition to Abraham, some of the most amazing stories in the bible were possible because those God called were willing to abandon safety and step into life-altering destiny. King David slayed a giant. Elijah said “send me”, Jesus’ mother Mary said “I am the Lord’s servant”, James and John left their fishing nets and followed Jesus. Each did something radical and God blessed them for it.
Having stepped into uncertainty to follow the Lord’s call, these giants of faith were lavished with blessings on this side on heaven. May we be tuned in and ready to move when God calls, for He never calls us to something He will not help us to accomplish.
Your future is rock solid in the hands of your God. You only need to be willing to leave what is good in exchange for God.