When you take a leap of faith it is not always done voluntarily. When God is ready to move you (read my blog here) it can be done in one of two ways. Either you can jump voluntarily or you can be pushed. When God wants you to be a certain place He does not care how you get there all He cares about is that you get there. Sometimes we are so afraid to take a leap of faith that God had to push us off the cliff.
Take A Leap of Faith and Jump
When you decide take a leap of faith on your own it looks something like this. You imagine yourself on a cliff and you decide to jump off. Even though it seems dangerous and you may feel like you may die, you trust the fact that either a parachute will open or that there will be something at the bottom that will catch your fall. I know I am speaking in metaphors and you may be wondering what in the world I am talking about, so I will try to put it to you in terms you may be able to understand.
Imagine a woman who is sick of working a 9-5 job. She has a wonderful business idea. She does not know for sure if it will work out, but she prays about it, gets confirmation from God, and she quits her job to start her business (also check out my blog on quitting a job you hate). The act of quitting her job is a jump. It is something that she is doing off of faith and she is trusting that God will carry her or break her fall.
Even though she may be scared and she may even struggle (otherwise known as falling during the jump) something comes out to break her fall, even though she may be a little bruised, she is okay. She gets up, God shows her how to navigate her way out of the valley pointing her to people who can help her along the way and her business succeeds.
But before you jump there may be some things you want to consider because jumping is not for everyone.
- Jumping can be scary.
- Have a plan before you jump (i.e months of savings to sustain you while you pursue your dream)
- Pray about it.
- Make sure the jump is what you need to do.
- Is it the right time for me to jump?
Sometimes you may have to jump multiple times or you may hit the ground. Either way you have to get back up and keep on trying.
Take a Leap of Faith and Be Pushed
Now the second thing is the push. I have experienced the push. It is when you know for a fact that you need to move on but you are so comfortable where you are or you are afraid to jump that God literally has to push you off the cliff in order to get you to move from where you are to where you need to be.
Let’s look at an example of the push. You see you are at the same cliff as before. There is a huge fire behind you and you know that you need to jump. But you do not jump because you are afraid of what is at the bottom of the cliff and you are afraid that you may die. But at the same time you know that if you stay on the cliff the flames will consume you! But you choose to stay on the cliff, that is until the fire burns down a tree, the tree hits you and pushes you off the cliff. You are terrified as you fall and may even hit a few trees down and break something. But at the bottom of your fall is a pond and you hit the water, safely. Before I break this down I have to say that fear is the number one reason why people are afraid to jump (read my blog here on fear).
Let’s break this down and take the same woman tired of working a 9-5 job. She has a wonderful business idea and knows God wants her to step out on faith but she does not want to give up her steady paycheck and she does not have faith in herself to start a business. So she stays in a work environment that she is unhappy in. This situation is like the fire mentioned above. One day she is called into the office and she is laid off. And this is the push. She ended up leaving her job anyway by force. She would rather be consumed by an unhappy situation at work as oppose to take a leap of faith and do what she know God ask her to do. And so as she is there with no job she has no choice but to start the business idea that God told her to start.
Being pushed can come in different forms. You know that God wants you to move on but you can’t because it is scary. And so God has to push you because if He leaves you where you are then you will be stuck. So the only way to get you unstuck it to push you off that cliff we were talking about.
Here is what I have come to understand about both jumping and being pushed. God is going to have His way and if He is preparing you for something or wants you to do something, then He is going to make it happen. No matter if you jump or if you are pushed you will more than likely go through some hard times, wonder why God is punishing you, or feel that you have jumped or were pushed by mistake. But always remember the reason why God pushes us to go forward is for us. He may be pushing you and it may hurt but he will protect you and He will see you through to the other side (also check out my blog on why God allows hard times). And when you get to the other side there will be a treasure waiting for you at the end that is only for you.
But if you don’t jump or you resist being pushed, then it will only hurt you. You will get consumed by the fire we talked about. You will be stuck in a life that you hate all because you are paralyzed in fear. So it is better to take a risk take a leap of faith into the life that you want, and trust in God to get you there. Then be pushed.
Steve Harvey has just written a book about this concept you can check it out (contains affiliate links)Jump: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance