A friend asked me a question the other day that really made me stop and think. “Karla, how did you step out in faith and start your ministry? It seems scary to leave the job you already had to go and start something new. How did you know what God was calling you to do?”
The short answer is- I did not fully know what God was calling me to, but I did feel peace. I felt His peace. Whenever I would pray and ask the Holy Spirit to confirm His will to me, I felt so much peace and even excitement. But as I also explained to my friend, although I felt sure that God was inviting me to go on this amazing adventure with Him- I was still scared. I was scared of all the uncertainty. I was scared of the unknown. I was scared to leave the people and comforts of my current job and ministry to start something new.
But most of all I was scared because the Lord wasn’t really showing me the whole picture. He was only calling me to lay one thing down and pick up another. And I had no idea what this “new thing” was going to look like. I just knew that the Lord was asking me to be brave and trust Him. As human beings, we tend to want to see every part of the picture laid out for us, every detail revealed before we will take a step. But God doesn’t always work like that. I was reminded of the verse from Genesis where God calls Abraham to “step out” into something new:
The LORD told Abram, “You are to leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s house and go to the land that I’m going to show you. Genesis 12:1 ISV
Abraham had no idea where or what God was calling him to, but he had a promise. The Lord tells Abraham in verse 2 that He will “bless him” and that he “will be a blessing”. By obeying and stepping out in faith Abraham was blessed.
So that’s what I did. I stepped out. One (sometimes shaky) step at a time. I took a step and waited for the door in front of me to open. And when it did, I stepped through it. And each time I did God would reveal another piece of the puzzle. Then I would pray, sense His peace, and take another step and wait for another door to open. Until one day I was standing in front of an office door with my ministry name on it and with a fire and a passion to share God’s heart with others.
So here I am world. Ready to continue this amazing adventure wherever the Holy Spirit leads me :). I encourage you, sweet friend, to step out into whatever God is leading you to do. Be brave! Move forward, even if you don’t know every detail of what it is going to look like. You don’t have to worry about the future-God’s already there. He is making a way for you. He planned it out before you were ever born. Follow His peace, ignore your fears, and be led by His Spirit. You’ll never regret it!
Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He won’t leave you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the LORD’s house is finished. 1 Chronicles 28:20 HCSB
Love and Hugs,