I knew He was calling me to step out in faith in my ministry…to use writing, acting, and speaking to glorify Him; to stop relying on financial stability in a job that drained my energy; to trust Him and let go. As I put in my notice almost 6 months ago, I swear I thought I was going to drown in absolute destruction.
Take a moment to read Luke 8:22-27:
Jesus Calms A Storm
22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
There is something so funny to me about truly picturing this story in my mind as a visual. The disciples are in a panic, they are so afraid, worries, stressed, filled with anxiety…and what is Jesus doing? Sleeping. Jesus was not worried…he had nothing to freak out about. I think what’s most amazing to me is that after Jesus calms the storm, they are struck in such wonder that they say “Who is this?”
After leaving my “regular job”, God blessed me abundantly. I had so much time to write and share the messages He placed on my heart…work was coming…bills have been paid…life has flourished…and I definitely have moments when I ask myself:
Who is this? This God who provides…who truly knew my plan…who guides me even when I disobey…
God uses us…our sinful, flawed, insecure, anxious, fearful, doubtful selves, and He works miracles. Joining the mission with Him, though, to truly walk with Jesus, can be the most overwhelming and frightening thing in the world to us at times. When we choose to walk with Christ, we will be called to some really big missions. Your life is your ministry. But will you answer the call? Will you step out in faith and walk with Him, or will you fearfully sink or fall 10 steps behind?
Luke 8:22 makes it clear that Christ called us to go and that he is going with us. How beautiful is that? Not only do we have this incredible ministry, but we are not going out into the world by ourselves. Now, God isn’t saying that our ministries will be paved with smooth, easy ground. We are, indeed, likely to be tossed by the elements, especially if we are inexperienced…see Ephesians 4:14…
“Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.”
Digging deeper into that verse, the Greek word nepios is:
“One who cannot speak; an infant, child, a baby without a definite limit of age.”
That last part is what strikes me…without a definite limit of age. We can be spiritually dry and immature at any age if we are lacking wisdom and knowledge. Luke 8:23 shows us that we are wise if we can recognize the very real danger. We aren’t called to ignore the truth or pretend that obstacles will not come. In your own life, in your own ministry, so much opposition will arise as you are doing the will of God.
However-there is hope. Why? Verse 24 explain to us that while we may be endangered, we cannot be destroyed. Why? Because we are accompanied by the one who has dominion over all things.
Will we answer the call of Jesus?
His question to the disciples was: “Where is your faith?”
Their answer: “Who is this?”
As you step out in faith and begin your own ministry, whether it be starting a bible study, reaching out to others about Christ, writing, acting, singing, painting, being a wife, being a mother, or anything else God has designed you for–there will be many storms. There will be times when you think you will sink. At times, you may feel hopeless. But your faith in God is crucial, and your walk with Christ is necessary, because that relationship is what keeps us safe and sound as we continue on our mission.
It was incredibly terrifying for me to step out in faith and trust that God’s plan for me was really going to work out. Our minds have been trained through our culture to believe only in ourselves, and that was just way too much pressure for me (can I get an amen?!).
Not only has God’s plan been the right plan, but walking with Jesus in every aspect of my life has changed me. I don’t know what God is calling you to do…I know it might sound crazy, extreme, scary, or impossible…but I can promise you that life with him is the abundant life we all desire…even when it’s filled with hurdles and uncertainty.
I used to think that while I was freaking out, spiraling out of control, God just didn’t care. However, Jesus was sleeping while the disciples panicked because he knew the outcome…he knew he was in control. Let the photo below be your reminder that God is not ignoring your concerns…He just has the wisdom to know better than to stress 🙂