When God is ready to move you it can be done in one of two ways. Either you can jump voluntarily into the next stage of your life or you can be pushed.
When you decide you jump, 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. 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.
Steve Harvey has just written a book about this concept you can check it out here it’s called Jump: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance
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.
- Have a plan.
- 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.
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. A woman is 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/or does not have faith in herself to start a business. And so one day she is called into the office and she is laid off. Her being laid off is what forces her to start her own business because she does not have a choice.
Being pushed can come in different forms. Sometimes you know that you know that you need to quit your job (check out my blog here on that). 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. Not for Him. He may be pushing you through the fire and it may burn, but he will protect you and He will see you through to the other side. 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 be stuck in a life that you hate all because you are paralyzed in fear. So it is better to take a risk and leap into the life that you want, and trust in God to get you there.