What’s the next step?
I’ve asked myself this question too many times to count.
As I wandered through trying to discern God’s call on my life, I’ve taken some wrong turns and some backwards steps. But the biggest thing that kept me from answering His call was the fear of the unknown.
Sometimes, not seeing the final picture was the problem. Other times, money was the problem.
If you’re anything like me, you probably want a game plan with some idea of financial stability and emotional security.
But as I considered all these “key” factors, I was forsaking the One thing I could truly rely on.
I’ve heard it said, “If God calls you to it, He’ll bring you through it.”
And yet, how often do we only step as far as our comfort zone reaches?
How often do we only leap when we’re sure we can land safely?
I spent several years trying to follow God’s will without stepping far from my comfort zone. I’ve tried to fit His plan into my box and every time I ended up back at the same place.
What’s the next step?
When I truly think about it, I’m astounded at how silly I must be to think this way-fitting God’s magnificent plan, far beyond anything I can imagine, into my small, limited box.
And yet God is always patiently waiting every time I return to Him asking:
What’s the next step?
As I learned how to find the courage to step out of my comfort zone and into God’s beautiful plan for me, I had to embrace a different approach.
I sat before the Lord day in and day out asking for answers. But He had a greater plan.
The answers would come, but first my busy heart needed to learn to truly be still before God.
This process wasn’t easy. In fact, some days I wanted to get up and dart back to the rush of things. But as I learned to be still, I found something worth staying for.
I found a peace that surpassed all understanding. A peace in knowing that no matter where I am, God is with me and working in me. A peace that filled me with hope for my future and joy in each step.
Being still before the Lord every day allows our hearts and souls to connect to His life-giving Spirit. This is SO essential to finding the courage to truly follow God’s call.
A Shifted Focus
As I continued to still my heart before the Lord, I realized that something was changing.
My focus was shifting away from myself and to the Lord.
My whole life I’d been looking for the next step based on my plans, my goals and my sense of security.
I had ideas about how much money I needed and what I needed to do to get there.
But with this mindset, I struggled to take steps in faith. After all, God works in mysterious ways, right?
I just wanted a path drawn out, step-by-step. But God knows that if He reveals too much, we’ll run in fear. He knows exactly what we need to know and He leaves the rest up to us.
As you consider the fear and hesitation you feel when God is calling you into the unknown, remember these truths:
Our purpose is not to live a wealthy life.
"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. -Matthew 6:24
We will be asked to suffer for the Lord.
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33
Following God in spite of these things, will result in glory.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. -2 Corinthians 4:17
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. -Romans 8:18
We will be rewarded as we seek to follow God.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. -Galatians 6:9
The Lord will provide us with the strength we need no matter how we are feeling.
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. -2 Corinthians 12:10
The Lord’s peace will fill us and uphold us when we step out in trust.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:7
Don’t allow fear to hold you back from the beautiful call God has placed on your life.
He wants His glory to be revealed in you.
This is your call.
Find the courage to grab ahold of it and you will see the Lord’s strength and peace fill your soul.