Here’s the thing about taking ‘a leap of faith’. In order for it to qualify as a ‘leap’, there has to be a period of time that you are in a free-fall of some sort or another. That exciting, but often very unnerving span of time between when you left Point A, but haven’t quite reached Point B. That is, assuming you even know where Point B is!
Well, like I shared a few months ago, I recently felt called to take a leap of faith; but in my case it felt less like ‘leaping’ and more like ‘deeping’ (sorry – I couldn’t resist the urge to rhyme!).
Have you ever felt like that? Felt the prompting to leave what was known and comfortable, and instead take a leap? Or heard the Lord inviting you to step off the shorelines of safety trust in Him to elevate you over the depths of the unknown?
And if you have, how did you respond?
Did you leap? Did you deep? Are you still deciding how to respond?
So much has happened since I wrote the post Water Walking. I am still very much “in the deep of faith” stage of things, but I take great comfort in knowing that I am not alone in the deep, and neither are you! Let me say that again … YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s home, and go to a land that I am going to show you. 2 I will give you many descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will bless you and make your name famous, so that you will be a blessing.
Just because we don’t yet see the full manifestation of what we are praying for, we can press on during the ‘water walking’ stage of the journey with confident expectation – knowing that He who called us out into the deep waters of faith will be as faithful to us as He was to Abraham. God will not leave His promise unfulfilled!!
May that truth be as comforting to you as it is to me, and may we both soon make it to the other side of the waters and into our very own ‘promised lands’.
In a previous post, I spoke of having a recurring stream of thoughts, ideas, and scriptures for the last several months. It’s been rather like something is trying to be birthed within me … but how does one go about giving birth to something when you don’t yet know what it is? As I opened my heart to new possibilities, I also opened my Bible and began to look for instructions in His Word. After all, if God is truly leading me down a certain path, that path will be in agreement with His Word.
I am still in the process of seeking out those answers in full, opening my heart and my ears to receive instruction for the birthing of this new thing, this new season. As I do, I discover that I am most surely being led out into the deeper waters of faith. And eventually the time for investigating, praying, and consulting culminates with a decision.
Recently, the song “Oceans” by Hillsong UNITED has taken on a whole new meaning for me, especially the first two lines. We’ve been singing it at church for many months, but it was during a women’s event a few weeks back that the lyrics really clicked in my heart. I felt that I was most clearly being invited to stepout ontothe waters.
I’ve always considered myself a bit of a risk taker, but lets face it – the bigger the risk, the harder it is to take that first step. Especially if that first step is off the dry land and onto the wet!
And as we worshipped to this song, the Lord began to speak to my heart in images – something He often does (images which are frequently inspiration for my watercolors). And this is what the conversation He and I had during worship that night sounded like.
LORD: “Daughter, you are a delight to my heart and I am thrilled that you are putting your foot out over the waters for that bold first step. But if all you do is hover your foot over the waters, you will never reach the destination I’m calling you to. No, my daughter, you must actually put your full weight on that foot and begin to move forward, or you will remain at the shoreline.”
Me: “But we both know I can’t walk on water, Lord.”
LORD: “Look down, and tell me what you see beneath your feet?”
Me: “Dry sand, that eventually gives way to wet sand, that eventually gives way to water above the sand.”
LORD: “Give thought to that very fragile line of delineation, the very point of transition when the water ceases to be below the sand, or even equal to the sand, but is now above the sand. The water is only a few centimeters deep, but the water is above the sand line, correct?”
Me: “Yes, Lord.”
LORD: “Can you walk on water, daughter?”
Me: “No, Lord.”
LORD: “And yet, if I stood directly in front of you, and called you forward from dry land to stand upon even as little as 1 centimeter of water, would you believe me for it and take that first step?”
Me: “I believe I would Lord – I would respond to Your invitation.”
LORD: “Daughter, if you were ableto walk on top of even as little as 1 centimeter of water, the limitations of your mind and body would not even be able to register or perceive such an infinitesimal elevation. You have the faith to trust me for 1 centimeter of water-walking power, but what I want you to remember is that once you are walking on the water, the depth of the water is irrelevant. I’m asking you to take the first step from dry to wet. Do that, and leave the ocean to me.”
On my own, I know without a doubt that I am completely incapable of walking on water, regardless how shallow the water is. But in Him, I know that all things are possible … even walking on water (a symbol of walking in His empowerment over the circumstances of my life). And so are you!
In the weeks since that dialog, I’ve taken the first step forward out onto the waters, and then another after that. And this morning, as I pondered again the insanity of this journey, the Lord reminded me of other times when I’ve dared to trust Him and “water walk”. I first read the following scripture some 20+ years ago when I dared to “water walk” by leaving an abusive marriage. There were some mighty big waves in that ocean, let me tell you … but here I am, safely resettled on the other side!
I will bring the blind by a way they do not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them. (Isaiah 42:16)
There have been many other “water walking” occasions since and in all of them, true to His word, He led through ways I did not know and has made dark places light before me, and crooked places straight. He has not forsaken.
And He still leads!
I would love to hear your thoughts and read about your stories (from either side of the ‘water walking’ adventure). Please take a moment to post a comment below.
I can’t stand it – I have to get this out! Not all of it, because the story isn’t quite yet ready to tell … but I’m about to explode, so I’m going to share the next best thing!
This song came to me (approx. 2003) after a similar OMG experience! OMG as in “Sweet Lord Jesus, why do you love me so much as to do that for me?” kind of thing! And from the outpouring of gratitude from that OMG experience, this song came out of my heart and I’ve been singing it since to Him for years.
Written by Jenny Hopewell
Only You would do something like this Lord
Only You would do something like this Lord
For You are faithful, and you are good
And You look after Your children, like a good Daddy should
Only You, Only You would do something like this Lord