Just like the title says, jumping is meant to be scary. Whether it is jumping into a relationship, a friendship, a job, a new place, parenting, a life change or anything else. And by ‘jump’ I don’t mean it has to happen suddenly or at warp-speed. But the term ‘jump’ implies something that is new and different than what was previously existing. Before I expand upon what God has put on my heart and mind about this, let’s see what Merriam-Webster has to say about the technical (or worldly) description of this particular word:
VERB FORM: to move energetically; to start out or forward; to show eagerness
NOUN FORM: an abrupt change or transition; one in a series of moves from one place to another
Aren’t those definitions beautiful? Not only beautiful, but positive. Now I know what you are thinking … not all changes are positive. This is true, but whether a certain change or circumstance is positive or not is largely dependent to our perspective of it, not our actual position in it. A jump (or shift) in our lives or circumstances can cause many emotions: joy, fear, happiness, worry, excitement, insecurity, confidence or jealousy. The list goes on and on. Much of what we feel is based on outside factors such as what other people do or say, how other people make us feel, what is happening all around us or most often the things we are making up in our own minds and telling ourselves. When we experience a positive reaction or emotion, that is likely something from God. When we experience a negative reaction or emotion, that is likely a lie from the enemy. But either way, we will experience a reaction.
However, jumping is the only way to propel yourself forward. Some may be good jumps, bad jumps, right choices or wrong decisions—but they are all progress, because they are all part of the story God designed to make you into who He created you to be from the beginning. And there is good news! Even if you make the bad jumps and wrong decisions (or when you do, because we ALL will at one point or another), God can and will re-purpose it for your benefit and bring something beautiful out of it in the end. Here are a few things that Scripture has to say about stepping out in faith, trusting, and change:
“Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 GNT)
“Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19 CSB)
“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.” (Romans 12:2a MSG)
“When I am afraid, I will put my trust and faith in You.” (Psalm 56:3 AMP)
(2 Timothy 1:7 NIV)
In this world we will have trouble, Jesus promised us that. But there is another promise that came directly after that—the promise that he has already overcome the world, so we need not fear. He walks right beside us and dwells within us … there is no burden we carry, no fear we possess and no insecurity we cower to that he does not already know about. Part of the reason changes come (some we seek out, others come to us beyond our control) is because that is how God changes and grows us. He uses the good AND the bad experiences to shape and mold us and to deepen our faith and trust in Him so that we will allow Jesus to guide our lives and our hearts. He carries you. He has always carried you. He always will carry you. He is the Alpha and the Omega … the beginning and the end … the Creator of your heart, soul and mind. With that in perspective, do you not think He possesses the power to know and do what is best for you and to walk you straight through the fire of any change or circumstance? He not only has the power, my friend, but He has the power to do it in a way where you will emerge from the fire unscathed and not even smelling of smoke. Trust God. Step out. Embrace change. Give your surrender to Jesus and just watch the miracles he will create with it!