Recently I met up with my good friend Allison for dinner. I hadn’t seen her in a while and so we updated each other on our families and careers.
Allison had resigned her well-paying, prestigious, high-profile job to work on her own. I was surprised but things at the office had been going downhill for some time she explained, adding that it became a matter of integrity as lies were told and grey shadows of doubt cast upon her work.
I watched Allison’s face carefully as she talked. She seemed happy enough and entirely at peace with her decision (which she admitted delaying for some time until she could no longer ignore God’s persistent nudging). Now, there was no regret at leaving a job she had worked hard at for 15 years. I was proud of her but envious at the same time, wishing I was just as brave to step out into the unknown.
As I got into bed later on, I couldn’t get the conversation with Allison out of my head. Her job had been her life – or so she thought, until she realised that her life could be even better IF she walked away. She had no idea where she was walking to but faithfully depended on God to point her in the right direction.
And so it seems that faith is also about taking action rather than sitting in stagnation. How many of us complain bitterly every day about our dead-end jobs, unreasonable bosses, selfish co-workers, inconsiderate spouses or belligerent children? And though months may morph into years, why do we simply sit back and remain in a situation? Are we that afraid to step out in faith, to step into the unfamiliar land (whether or not it’s flowing with milk and honey) that God has already claimed for us and trying so hard to lead us into? Maybe it’s because we are tired …
We are tired of life’s struggles which leave us feeling empty and overwhelmed all at the same time. As a result we stay stuck in a rut paved with complacency. If you are like me, you may realise it’s even more of a struggle for women trying to climb the corporate ladder, raise children and fit in time for ourselves and loved ones while feeding our spirituality. Who has the energy to think about changing the routine? Do we really want the stress of settling into a new job, setting up our own business or becoming a member of a new church?
As Allison pointed out, no matter how long you’ve been struggling or how much it may look as though there will never ever be any light at the end of your tunnel – there is hope! Just as God hadn’t forgotten her, He hasn’t forgotten us. He’s right here, holding our hand and encouraging us to come with Him into the land He has waiting … BUT it’s going to take faith because we don’t have a clue where this land is, what it looks like, or who’s going to be in it with us.
And so I’ve decided. I’m tired but I’m not going to let fear of the unknown hold me back from receiving and embracing God’s richest blessings. Join me as I stretch my faith and shorten my stay on the mountain so that I can go in and take possession of my land. Break camp and advance! In other words: take action! Do something and do it now!
Who’s with me?
Verse for Reflection
The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land that the LORD swore he would give to your fathers – to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – and to their descendants after them.”
Deuteronomy 1:6-8 (NIV)