Take the Jump
A Kindred Story by Kaleigh Hamilton-Bishop
There’s a quote that I really like that says, “faith is having the courage to let God have control”. Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily the way we are living, as much as we may want to think we are. Instead we have adopted this mistaken assumption that we must know all the steps, understand the full picture, and be in possession of all the facts before God can ask us to step out in faith. Yet the Bible completely rips apart that assumption. Look at the stories in your Bible and you will not find one person who knew everything or fully understood what exactly God was calling them to.
God is notorious for giving very little context but asking for a whole lot of courage when He calls for a leap of faith. Abraham knew next to nothing when God called him to leave everything he had ever known to follow God’s blessing. Noah had never built an ark in his entire life when God called him to begin building one. Esther had no guarantee that God would save her life when she went before the King to save her people. On and on, the stories show that God calls us to radical belief even when it doesn’t make sense.
Let’s just be honest and say it: faith is utterly terrifying. But here’s the thing. When God calls us to step out in faith, He follows that request with a promise. He always promises to be there along the way. God will never call you to take a leap without also promising to be with you when you jump.
Exactly one year ago, the Lord asked me to step out in faith for a new season in my life, my leadership, and my ministry. I prayed so hard it sometimes felt like I was battling to understand what exactly God had in mind, but He continued to impress upon my heart that He was asking me to take a leap. It was a hard decision to make but in January of 2018 I began to step down from different roles that I had accepted to make room for this new season. It made very little sense, I had very few answers, but through it all I’ve been able to rest in the promise that God is with me, and that He has a plan much larger than what I am able to see in this moment.
Kindred is the beginning of this new season for me. I still don’t have all the answers, I still don’t fully understand what the future looks like, but I am still resting in the peace that God has given me. Is it scary? Well duh. It’s also uncomfortable and occasionally I have questioned my sanity. But isn’t that all a part of the adventure?
Isaiah 43 says, Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze (NIV).
God may call you to step out, and it may be uncomfortable. You may not know all the answers, and you may have people question your decisions, but you can rest in the promise that if God has called you to take the leap, then He will be with you in the jump. Faith is not for the faint of heart and you, my dear, are not faint hearted. Take the leap and see what God can do with an obedient heart.