When we lived in a house on the top of a hill, we would let our cat roam the neighborhood. After we moved to our last apartment, we were to high up and on a dangerous street to allow her to roam the neighborhood. Now, we are in a semi quiet neighborhood and we have kept her inside as she adjusts to a new home. Two days ago, we let her step out onto the balcony and sniff her little nose around until she jumped down and snuggled under one of the bushes, unsure if she should venture further. After a few moments, time spent fretting about her safety or wandering away too far from home, I called her back in and in she came.
Yesterday, we let her out again and off the balcony she went and under the trees to explore the outdoors some more. After a few more moments, in she came after I called her and then she turned around and wanted back out. Again, off she went to explore. Every few moments, I called her back in and finally, she came back in after patiently waiting at the back door for one of to open it for her. Since then, she has had no desire to stay in. I think she prefers sticking close to home now that is warm, dry, and cozy for her.
This cat can be quite fearless at times and yet other times she can be a bit of a skittish fraidy cat…like us humans. We want to be brave and step out in faith, yet we are afraid and want to stay in the comfort of our homes or other comfortable setting.
This move to Medical Lake was a step in faith yet we still have fears as we wonder if we will make it. Part of me – the human in me – wants to run back “home” and into the comfort of familiar territory yet the part that has faith in God wants to stay and trust in Him to provide and open the doors for ministry, a new job/source of income, and even our health.
After all, according to Hebrews 11: 1 (KJV) “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Yes, as we venture out on our own, we need to have faith and hope that God will provide and see us through. There has been evidence of little things He has provided like winning a contest for a book about writing – I want to write a commentary about Paul -and a 6 month subscription to an Assembly of God magazine called the Pentecostal Evangel – wow!
Even now, in conclusion, I am about to make a great leap, another change, and it will be announced as soon as I get an answer. This is taking a leap of faith and yet it is an answer to prayers that I contemplated as I took a break from school and explored this new land.
So, what is holding you back from taking a step of faith? Maybe we just need to take that leap of faith just like our cat did.