Are You Staying or Stepping?

Have you, or are you, walking through a season that has left you battle weary? Worn out. Broken. Empty. Too scared to hope again. That season may look like a young momma with more to do than there are hours in a day. It may be when there is more that needs to go out than the bank account has to give. A broken marriage. Wayward children. Losing the love of your life…you get where I’m coming from? As most know, I’ve actually walked through each of those seasons and that journey has revealed to me that He is enough. Always! Let me say that again…HE IS ALWAYS ENOUGH! So why is it that even when we KNOW He is good, He is faithful, He is our supply for all that we will ever need but can still find ourselves being scared to hope again? Really? How crazy is that?

I have found it to be much safer to take what I have at this moment and be satisfied. Of course that is biblical (Philippians 4:12) to be content in any and every situation but that’s not really what I mean by being satisfied with what I have. I mean that place where you want to just stay where you are because it’s safe, familiar & comfortable. That place where you don’t have to take a chance by hoping for something more, something greater than you’ve ever known, because what if you only allow yourself to hope again only to find yourself heartbroken because it didn’t look like you hoped that it would. That place where your scared to hope for healing because you don’t know if you can even let your heart go there. That place where you want to step out of the boat and trust that He is making all things new. That He is turning your mourning into joy…and then doubt whispers in the “what if’s” that make you want to retreat into all that is safe and familiar. What if the cure doesn’t come or the child doesn’t come home. What if that dream you’ve had deep, deep inside never becomes a reality. Do you stay where it’s safe or do you step out of that boat?

This morning the Lord whispered over my soul, what I already knew, but needed Him to wrap my doubt and fear in… “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11. Truth that I can stand on and not only walk in but run with courage knowing I can allow myself to hope and dream again as long as my hope is anchored in The Hope. As long as I seek His will and His face in all things, He will never fail me. He will never fail you. We can keep stepping out with courage and hope again, knowing that God is and always will be enough EVEN IF….

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