One afternoon when I was really little, my sisters and I watched Peter Pan. I was mesmerized by the idea of flying to a magical place with mermaids, fairies, pirates, and children running around doing whatever they wanted. Mostly the flying though. After annoying my two older sisters one day (think of Anna asking Elsa to build a snowman in Frozen), my oldest sister opened the door and said something like, “Emily, did you know if you try hard enough you can fly like Peter Pan? Jump off of the top of the stairs and try it”. Being the gullible child that I was, I stood at the top of the stairs, closed my eyes, and jumped. You all can image what happened next. Sadly, I didn’t end up in Neverland.
As children, we have this urge to jump blindly, fearless and full of faith, even if we aren’t sure how it is going to work out. However, once we grow older and experience different hardships, that unwavering faith falters and we no longer find ourselves fearless. I can’t, I’m not good enough, and what-if this or that starts to enter our vocabulary and we have trouble just stepping down one step … forget jumping down the entire staircase!
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7
If you really think about it though, no matter how hard we try, we are never going to know how a situation is going to turn out. We can be as cautious as we possibly can but at the end of the day, there’s always going to be an unknown. So how do we remain fearless and faithful in a world of unknown possibilities? By reminding ourselves that He is bigger than us, bigger than our fears, and is there to catch us if we fall.
“The Lord himself goes before you & will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8
For some though, it is not the leap of faith that they struggle with, but the actual leaping into faith. Every individual hits a point where they question their faith, and even question Him. It might be for a split second or it might be for an extended period of time. Maybe it is because you experienced a hardship and are having trouble understanding why. Maybe you’re like me who strayed for a while and are unsure if He will welcome you back. Maybe you just find yourself in a season where you have many questions and very few answers. Regardless of the reason, jumping both feet all in to your faith and journey with Him can be slightly intimidating.
January is the start of the new year and with that, the saying “New Year, New Me” is thrown around frequently. Regardless of your current reservations about the giant staircase in front of you, during this time of resolutions stare down your hesitations and your doubt, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and jump. Jump whole heartedly, passionately, faithfully into that new job, new small group, new opportunity, or even into a new and improved relationship with God. Take that leap of faith blindly into the unknown completely at peace knowing that He loves you and will catch you. Every. Single. Time.
“Perfect love casts out fear.” John 4:18
Taking a Leap of Faith