Familiarity is good. Being liked leaves a grand feeling. How we all long to connect with another and it helps us have a tangible sense of God’s presence with us, on the days when we don’t necessarily feel him with us.
But what happens when your toe meets the edge of the rocky peak — beckoning you to make a jump? There’s no going back, that’s the thing.
Once you’ve jumped, you are falling free.
When Your Calling Needs You To Leave Free & Familiar
The ledge is like the path. The edge is like the next season. Sometimes we shimmy into the next ones, sometimes God calls us to make more substantial falls into his arms — off of the ledge, away from the edge — into a place we’ve never been.
We find ourselves unsure where we typically felt sound. We can find ourselves questioning our calling, for fear of stirring the waters.
All types of bodies of water have a purpose, and even the movements of them carry effects. A calm water is able to allow things to grow the way they should when stillness is the key ingredient.
Many animals, birds, and fish who live in and near calm waters have a certain way of life. Depending on the habitat, natural or cared for by man also effects it’s growth and structure.
Leave calm behind for a moment and allow yourself to be transported to a rocky ledge with the ocean waves crashing loudly below. Your feet are bare, flat on the cold stone as you take in a deep breath of salty air.
You typically swim in pools or fresh water lakes, but what’s about to happen is something you’ve never done before.
You are about to take a leap off of this cliff into the icy cold waters below, where you know you want to go — need to go, but it is a bit startling. Your calling is waiting there for you, you’ve signed up and this is the training grounds.
There’s no going back — you already came this far. You start to think and wonder, then it turns to worry — but you stop yourself short because a seagull interrupts your thoughts. Of course.
Equipment ready, help below — you know there’s nothing to lose except this chance to take the leap. You stop thinking and just go.
Leaving Free & Familiar Rarely Makes “Sense”
Your feet leave the familiar stone and rise into the air. The wind feels like it ate you for lunch and you love it. You have no control but you know help is below and so your trust is in them, who have helped others in this situation daily.
Your body meets the icy, cold ocean and you aren’t sure how far you are under. You are doing what comes naturally, rising to the surface where help greets you as you shiver and grin through your pounding heart.
Leaving familiar territory to venture to deeper depths is never easy. It requires a fortitude and a willingness. If we are called to a place unknown in our next step of life, we don’t have to shy away because we’ve never been there.
We don’t have to worry if everyone does it, or even if it sounds logical. Faith takes us to places logic tilts it head at. Balance is good, but when God is whispering for us to leave familiar for a deeper purpose, we can trust that faith will get us there.
We can call on our Help. He is here with us now, and he is also there waiting.
He is everywhere. No place too dark or unfamiliar to Him. Let’s go.
This blog post was inspired after reading the book Undaunted: Daring to do What God Calls You to do, by Christine Caine. Purchase your own copy today on Amazon. Thank you for your support.