Have you ever had to make a leap of faith? A few years back, my husband and I attended a director’s meeting that turned our world upside down. We walked away with that sinking feeling that life was about to change drastically. We were standing at the cliff-edge of decision. All options before us left us feeling uncertain. To stay where we were would eventually mean devastation. To leap would mean…well, we didn’t know what the leap would mean. Staring at the fall distance is definitely the hardest. Stepping off of the safety of what is known feels like you are about to drop through the depths of darkness to your death. We had questions. They made our heads spin: How did this happen? What does it really mean? Could we make this go away? Did we misunderstand? Is this for real? Is our dream over? What do we do now? To be honest, we had more questions than answers and more tears than we cared to cry. Ok, I was the one shedding tears. My husband was his usual determined, “never give up” self and already measuring the leap distance. And before I could blink the tears from my eyes, he was preparing to jump. He did ask if the ground would be solid under him when he stepped off the edge. But as you can probably guess, he was told that he needed to step first before he would know for sure. Yeah well, he wasn’t the stepping kind. He’s a leaper.Here’s why:
- Staying where we were watered down our vision.
- Leaping or staying both meant pain.
- We understood what we did (produce oysters) and that we did it well.
- We believed in our purpose and knew we had not fulfilled it.
- We weren’t afraid of a challenge.
- When you’re at the edge you have to either go forward or backward. If you go forward, you have to jump. We did the unexpected and took a leap of faith. We took the unexpected option. The other directors were left with their mouths hanging open and a failed plan. Don’t get me wrong, what they took could be considered a win (at first glance). They may have even snickered a little as they watched us suspended in the air. We released fear and doubt. We embraced the unknown and uncertainty. We placed our hope and trust, not in our company or possessions, in our God. We overcame the obstacles… And we didn’t fall. We started over and the possibilities before us are amazing. Sometimes I pinch him…you know, to make sure we’re not dreaming (that’s my story; sticking to it). Don’t get me wrong, it’s been hard work, faith-testing, and at times terrifying…But it was worth it.
“The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you are no longer willing to stay where you are.” ~Unknown
Are you standing on the edge?
Are you going to stay where you are or