Sisterfriend, I’d love to chat with you this week about stepping out of something old and into something new. First of all, stepping out takes courage. I’m not talking about the courage the world often talks about but the kind of courageous faith it took for Rahab to conceal the two Israelite spies in Jericho and keep it a secret. She had a bad reputation in the Jericho but came to know the God of the Israelites. Praise God! She and her family were the only survivors when Joshua and the army attacked the city. Rahab’s courageous faith landed her a place in Hebrews 11:31.
So often I hear from women who feel isolated and stuck. Perhaps that’s exactly how Rahab felt while she was trapped in sexual sin; knowing it wasn’t right but didn’t know how to escape. Your scenario may not look like Rahab’s but we can all learn from her story.
Maybe the Lord has spoken a promise to you and asked you to wait or it could be he’s telling you now is the time to go and you’re terrified. Can you imagine what must have been going through Rahab’s mind as the army marched around the walls of Jericho not knowing exactly when they’d fall or what would happen next? All she had to cling to was her faith in God.
The best insight I can give if you find yourself in this place is to acknowledge whatever is holding you back but don’t stay there. Actively commit to moving forward; even in the waiting. You can still progress even in the waiting.
If you’re stuck, let me ask you a couple of questions:
1. Are you still complaining about the same things or situations you were 10 years ago?
2. Are you still having the same conversations with the same people you were 5 years ago?
3. Do you find more joy looking back than you have in the present?
If so, make a decision not to grumble or complain and focus on your blessings. Each time the grumbling tries to well up in your heart you can do something simple like say, “Stop. Today I choose ______ (and fill it in with Biblical truth like joy, peace, patience, kindness, love, compassion, etc).
If you find you’re stuck in the same scenarios and convos with the same people, considering finding some new people to have conversations with!!!! It may be uncomfortable but it will be worth it.
During the first 11 years of our marriage Ricardo and I moved 7 times including 4 cities and 3 states. Each of our kids were born in different states and you know what? I wouldn’t change it one bit. It forced us out of comfort zones every single move but led us straight into seeking community and new friendships. It’s been one of the biggest gifts of my life!
I’m not saying you have to move cities or states to experience change because ultimately, it’s a choice to want to be unstuck. What we all need is hearts committed to Jesus and a willingness to be uncomfortable. On the other side of that is abundant blessings!