“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1
“For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead” – James 2:26
“He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20
One afternoon, I sat and watched Michael Todd, Head Pastor of Transformation Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was preaching a sermon titled, “Crazy Faith!” While listening to this sermon, it was said “What’s CRAZY in one season, will be counted as FAITH in another.” I thought about all the things that I heard God say to me in the past and I ignored them because it was out of my comfort zone. ‘When God shows you His will for your life or a piece of it and it doesn’t look like what we think, it can hold us up, it doesn’t look like its going to happen on our timetable, or we would still choose what we want over what God’s will is for us.’ Because of the times when God said something that I didn’t want, I ignored it, but I felt convicted, because I know I heard God’s voice loud and clear.
After listening to the sermon, I was compelled to put my faith into action. I took a break from social media to really zone in and focus on what God wanted to reveal to me. I prayed continuously, and I studied my bible every day. I had recently graduated from Bridgewater College and was about to start a new job. Going into my job, I was so excited to start on the path in the mental health field and learn so many new things. With this new job came many different elements outside of my comfort zone; a shift that I had never worked before(overnight: 11pm-7am), staff not showing up to work and me being mandated to stay to work the next shift, and a different atmosphere of the mental health field.
Right from the start, the shift was difficult to get used to. I was going in at an hour when the residents were asleep, not having the opportunity to really interact with them and I was compromising my own circadian rhythm and my sleep patterns were all out of whack. Nevertheless, I knew without a doubt that these were the steps ordered by the Lord for me and my assignment on this job was not up. As I continued in this position, my comfort zone was challenged, my faith was stretched and my back bone was strengthened. I was also able to see a clearer direction for my desire and pursuit within the mental health field and my career. I truly aspire to make an impact on people tangibly and interact with the individuals that need help. Throughout my time at this job, my purpose became clear and I knew that God wanted more from me and he wanted me to have the opportunity to shine my light in everything I encountered, as well as step out of my comfort zone even further.
During my quiet time with God, He revealed to me that in order to grow in my relationship with Him even more, I needed a community of individuals who were around the same age. He revealed to me that the church he wanted to plant me in was Divine Unity Community Church (DUCC), in Harrisonburg, VA. A church I attended throughout my college years and loved! I knew that this was the voice of God because it was out of my comfort zone, considering I would have to move completely!
Moving on just a “God said,” I stepped out on faith, put in my two weeks notice at my job, and I started applying for jobs and apartments in the Harrisonburg area. Putting all my faith and trust in God, I expected him to move within two weeks time. Anxiety tried to creep in after a few days because I hadn’t heard back from the apartment or jobs that I had applied for. But GOD…one week shy of my last day at my job, I received approval for an apartment, as well as received a job offer far better than I could imagine! God moved in one week! The new job offer came with a salary, benefits, a normal schedule and the opportunity to interact and impact children for the ENTIRE day! God truly blessed me exceeding abundantly above all I can ask or think and I am beyond grateful. By putting my complete trust in God, having ‘CRAZY’ faith, and doing all that He requires of me to receive the blessings He has stored up for me, ultimately gives me that much more faith and trust in God! #crazyfaith #orderedsteps #stepoutofyourcomfortzone
Are you ready?! It’s time to put that CRAZY FAITH into action!!! Post a comment and let me know your thoughts!