Have you ever just had to jump? Have you ever completely exhausted all your other options and the only thing left to do was to take that uncomfortably large leap of faith you’ve been dreading and trust that God would come through? Why do we allow ourselves to get to this point? Life moves in fast motion and sometimes it feels like we just can’t keep up. Priorities stack up, expectations aren’t met, and suddenly the world is falling apart around us. We pray empty prayers and make empty promises to a God who performs miracles and never falters. What happened? How did we get so lost? How do we get back?
It’s easy to say we trust God but it requires a much deeper faith to surrender our conditions and fears, and to give Him complete control over our lives. I’ve found myself in situations where I felt so desperate and anxious for my future. I knew His Word said that He has a plan which is so much greater than my own,1 and I found comfort in what I thought that meant. See, what I thought that meant was that if I dreamed of a high school boy to ask me to the Prom, He had in mind a more mature man who loved me with his whole heart. I thought if I dreamed of having a scholarship to school, He had in mind a full ride. I told God that I trusted Him, no matter what, but what I really meant was that I trusted God if He met my conditions. I really believed I was being authentic when I said I was okay with whatever He had for me, yet as the doors kept closing and I was left with the rug ripped from under me again and again - I had to reevaluate what trusting Him really meant. It’s a hard reality to accept, when you realize that God’s bigger and better plan could be what you are the most afraid of. It could mean that I don’t get asked to the dance or that I pay full price for school. It could mean taking all my fears and making them reality. Trusting God means surrendering your conditions. The truth is that even if I never get married, even if I have piles of debt hanging over me for the rest of my life, if it is God’s plan for my life then it is so much better than any fairytale I had dreamed up.
God presents us with arduous situations to test our faith. He makes us confront our fears and gives us opportunities to put our money where our mouth is. For me, that meant being rejected time and time again. I was rejected by guys that I invested a lot of my identity in, I was waitlisted for a scholarship I was sure I would get, and I was constantly left feeling inadequate and empty. I thought I was okay with the hurt, but I wasn’t. I had to confront a lot of my fears and insecurities that I thought I had already surrendered. I had to accept that what I wanted so badly, might not be what God has for me. God tested me time and time again, and He continues to. I’ve been learning to trust that even if the world falls apart around me, He is still good.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are a true testament of what it means to take an uncomfortable leap of faith. They had to choose between denying their faith or being thrown in a furnace and burned alive. They had to confront the possibility that God wouldn’t spare their lives, but they knew God was bigger than their circumstances. King Nebuchadnezzar asked why they refused to bow, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve can deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Do you get chills reading that? Three Jewish men told the king who had just seized their city and had control over their earthly fate, that their God was capable and would save them from the fire they were threatened with, but even if He didn’t the truth about who He is would remain unchanged. They didn’t have another option other than to take a leap of faith across the intimidating chasm, and God met their faith with action. When the king returned, he didn’t see three bound corpses, He saw four men walking around and fellowshipping in the furnace.4 I don’t know what valley you are stuck in or what fears you are bound to, but what I do know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that God was active and present in Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego's lives and He is with you in your time of need. He is greater than your uncertainty, your struggles, and your fears. He will rescue you from the waters you are drowning in.
So, surrender your conditions, your dreams, your expectations, and your fears, because God meets faith with action. His plan is far greater than what you have dreamed up- not because it is more extravagant, but because He perfectly designed it. When you trust God, He will shape the desires of your heart to align with His plan for your life. He is bigger than your circumstances and dreams. He has never abandoned you, and He has a beautiful plan for your life that is bigger than what you could be on your own. Take that big uncomfortable leap, because God is waiting with open arms, to catch you on the other side.
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My name is Libby Grace, I’m 18, and I really love coffee, adventuring, and Jesus. I hope through the words I’ve written, you can understand that although I am flawed and messy, I am loved by a perfect God who is beautiful and sovereign. You can find my blog here, my Instagram here, and my Facebook here.