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Today’s Truth

However it is written, “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him.

(1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV)

Friend to Friend

Have you ever been afraid to jump into the deep end of God’s will? I certainly have. Then God showed me how

I was sitting on the balcony of a condominium listening to the excited squeals and splashes as children played in the swimming pool below.

One particular little girl caught my attention. She appeared to be about six years old and wore bright yellow water wings wrapped around her arms like blood pressure cuffs. As she stood on the side of the pool nervously flapping her arms, her daddy was poised in waist-deep water with his arms outstretched.

“Come on, honey, you can do it,” he coached. “Go ahead and jump. I’m right here.”

“But I’m scared,” she said, whining and flapping. “You might not catch me.”

“Don’t be afraid. I’m right here.”

“But you might move!”

“I’m not going to move. I’m not going to let anything happen to you,” he assured her.

This bantering went on for at least fifteen minutes. I was amazed at the father’s patience and persistence. But finally, she jumped! Applause went up all around the pool! By the end of the morning, the little girl was swimming like a minnow and making her way across the once seemingly treacherous waters.

Then God began to speak to my heart. Sharon, sometimes you’re that little girl. And suddenly I began to see myself standing on the edge of that pool with my Heavenly Father beckoning me to jump in.

Come on, honey, you can do it, He coaxes. Go ahead and jump. I’m right here.

“But I’m scared,” I cry. “You might not catch me.”

Don’t be afraid. I’m right here.

“But You might move!”

I’m not going to move. I’m your heavenly Father. I’m not going to let anything bad happen to you.

The Bible says, “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—(1 Corinthians 2:9). But in order to experience what He has prepared for us we have to jump in.

All through the Bible we read of men and women who were afraid when God called them to jump in to His plan. Moses cried out at the burning bush, “Who am I that I should go to the Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt!” And God replied, “Now go; I will help you speak and teach you what to say.” (Exodus 3:11, 4:12).

Jeremiah struggled with moving forward with the words, “Ah, Sovereign Lord, I do not know how to speak; I am but a child.” And God replied, “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you, and will rescue you.” (Jeremiah 1:6,8)

Gideon “flapped his water wings” and refused to jump in with several excuses. “But Lord, how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” And God replied, “I will be with you.” (Judges 6:15-16)

Moses, Jeremiah, and Gideon finally jumped in the deep end of God’s will, and God did amazing works through each of them.

Did you notice the little girl said, “Daddy, what if you don’t catch me?”

The fear of “what if” holds me back sometimes too. I wonder if it does you, too.

What if He doesn’t catch me? What if I heard Him wrong? What if I fail?

Allowing the fear of “what if” to mess with our mind and rule our heart will smother our confidence and courage with an avalanche of doubt. But. fear has no choice except to leave the premises when we stand on the promises of God and say, “You are not welcome here.”

Here’s what I’ve decided: when God calls me to dare greatly—I’m going to jump in with both feet, but never let go of His hand. I hope you will too. “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived— the things God has prepared for those who love him.” Let’s jump in and experience those things together.

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, sometimes I am so afraid to move forward in faith. Sometimes I’m not sure if it is Your voice or my own I’m sensing. But I’ve decided that I am going to err on the side of obedience. Give me the courage to move when You say move, to speak when You say speak, to jump into the deep end of Your will when You say “jump in.”

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Consider this verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

What is one thing God is calling you to do, but you’ve been reluctant to take the leap?

Leave a comment and tell what that one thing is. Once you say it aloud, or in this case type out the words, you’ll be more likely to move forward in faith. Plus, we’ll be here to cheer you on.

More from the Girlfriends

Are you ready to jump into the deep end of God’s will but find yourself shaking in the shallow end? I know how that feels. That’s why I wrote Take Hold of the Faith You Long For: Let Go, Move Forward, Live Bold, where I reveal the most common reasons we get stuck in our Christian faith. I show you how to break free of all that holds you back, move forward with all that God promises, and live the adventurous faith of bold believing. Leave behind feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy that hold you hostage and take hold of the mountain-moving faith God intends. You were meant for more…take hold of God’s truth and thrive.

Also see the laminated True Identity in Christ card filled with verses that fits snuggly in your Bible as a daily reminder of who God says you are! And check out the Lambano Take Hold Necklace made by women rescued from poverty in Haiti and Mexico.

26 Responses to “When You’re Afraid to Jump Into the Deep End of God’s Will”

  1. Rachel says:

    I am soon to married July 4th. It’ll be my second marriage. My fiancé and I have decided to not live the way we have been anymore and know we need to be obedient to Gods word about marriage. We also know we need to be better examples to our children to show them about God command for marriage as well as obedience to His decision for it. However, I know w the marriage my children may not want to live w me. The location between my fiancé and I is one hour away. My children will have to 50% of the time live w us and the other me 50% live w their father. They don’t want to move out of the town they are in. Right now things are very easy convenient for them. If they were to move w me 50% of the time they’d be out of town. Still in the same schools but not accessible as easy to this things they have right now. Which is mainly friends. I’m hurt by the words they’ve said that my marriage is causing this division. I still want to be obedient to God and JUMP IN but I also understand I may not be w my children if I do so. Please pray for me. I’m at a loss.

  2. Diana says:

    I have been in a marriage 32 years and my husband is addicted to drugs and alcohol on and off all these years, more on than off. And I have been afraid to stand. Last night he left our home…peaceful, without the cops.

    I’m not sure what my future holds but I know He holds my future. Please pray for me. Thank you

  3. Della says:

    Thank you for this devotional Sharon. The one thing (not sure yet if God is calling me to do this yet or not) is to open a store along the highway where we live. It would be for selling vegetables, apple juice, and homemade goods, possibly handcrafted items from the locals. We live on a 2.2 acre lot along this busy highway. I already have a name picked out and know the sight where I would like to set up (not sure if it would be feasible. I have never owned, operated or managed a business before so yes, I’m alot afraid. Plus I’m not sure if this is from God or my own dreams/fantasies.

  4. Karolina says:

    I will take the leap of faith by volunteering to be terminated from my job today during a pandemic to step into the will of God.

  5. Candace says:

    I have been reluctant to step out on faith to start a dance/theater ministry company addressing what the bible says about social issues as well as being an advocate for the bible during these confusing times. Pray that I will have the boldness of Christ through the Holy Spirit to take that leap!

  6. Lisa says:

    Just recently God helped me remember the one time in my life when I felt completely safe and loved by a father. My father and mother divorced before I was 2. My mom married my stepfather around a year later. My stepfather was so jealous of my father that each time my father tried to see me one of them would end up getting arrested. My mother and father decided to allow my stepfather to raise me. What my father didn’t know was my stepfather was already abusing me. I won’t go into detail but my stepfather would continue to abuse me mentally, physically and sexually until I was able to leave home at 16. I didn’t know that my stepfather was not my father until the age of 9 when I overheard family members talking. Right before I moved away from home I met my now husband. We married a year later. As we were planning my wedding my mom asked if I wanted to contact my real father. My father and I met the same day that my mom contacted my father’s aunt. I was working 4pm to 12pm at a local factory. My father called my supervisor to ask if he could come to the factory to meet me. I had so many emotions in the hour it took him to arrive. As I walked out of the factory I was terrified but when I saw him I started running and crying, he did the same. When we embraced it was the first time in my life I knew what it felt like to feel safe, loved and whole. I know without a doubt that I will feel that again when I meet my Heavenly Father but on a much grander scale.

  7. tami says:

    I have always wanted to retire when I reached 30 years. Now with COVID, I am not sure what to do financially or what God’s plan for me is IF I do retire. My job is so that if I retire, I cannot come back in for 1 year! Just not sure what to do.

  8. Laura says:

    He’s been calling me to work/mentor women. It’s been several years now and I keep running away for it.

  9. Carol says:

    Reading this devotional, just made me realize my Heavenly Father is NOT my human Father! This is a realization that has just now, come to me; that as a struggling Christian my whole life, I keep thinking God will disappoint me like my Dad did.
    (tears)Wow…how long do we keep living in disappointment, of our own making? I haven’t given God the credit for guiding me along in my life, even feeling this way!
    Dear Father, Forgive me for not fully trusting you and still loving me, not matter what! Give me the inner strength to know you will never, ever disappoint me thru your word & my prayers. Amen.
    Thanks,Sharon for being the “servant” when I needed it!

  10. Joey says:

    I have owned a very successful business in my small town for over 25 years. But my heart has not been in the business for the past two years. I have felt an obligation to my friends, family, and community to keep it open. But in the past year, since I have rededicated my life to the Lord, I feel that everywhere I turn there is a stumbling block. I feel that through my daily devotions, the word of God, and my close friends and family, it’s time to close the business. This pandemic was just one more Good reason to finally close my doors. I Feel I will be letting the community down as I am one of very few family restaurants in the area that I live. I’m just ready to Move on. This verse really spoke to me. I’ve been filled with fear of making the wrong choice but I choose to jump in and error on God’s side. Amen

  11. Cheryl says:

    Thank you Sharon for the great devotional, as usual. You are anointed and so blest. I am praying on what to do about my per diem job. I am an ordained Pastor and a Chaplain at a local hospital on a per diem status. Last year I left this position due to my mother dying and I had to take over her business and handle her estate. It was too difficult to continue working along with handling a house, business and grief with having worked with my Mom for over thirty-five years. Then my best friend died just before my Mom and I was left with her mobile home in Florida, which was a real heaven sent gift, but it was hard with my Mom dying just two months inbetween. My husband who is retired, now wants to go to Florida for the winter and stay at the mobile home, but I want to stay doing what I love and feel called to do. They are using me at the hospital more and more now. I am not ready to retire, but with all that is going on in the world I feel I can be a light to others in this dark time. I pray to know His will for me and to give me the strength and wisdom as to what to do. My husband has health issues, but is doing pretty well. Also his son and grandson are close by down in Florida which is nice for him. God bless you and your ministry and all that have written.

  12. Norma says:

    I have been apart of the church all my life since the age of 15 and and I’m now 61. I have always struggled with various addictions and because of these struggles most of my life was away from my Poppa. When I finally came back to Jesus after struggling 40 years from the age of 15-55 with these addictions that’s when my life changed completely. Jesus did for me for me what I could never have done for myself Jesus delivered me and set me Free and I’ll never ever forget what He’s done for me. I know Poppa wants me to tell my story and I’ve been procrastinating please pray that I will write my book for the Glory of God because it’s all about giving Him all the Glory Honor And Praise due Him.

  13. Carrie says:

    I have struggled for years being afraid of telling certain loved ones with very strong judgements the truth. I have not been completely honest many many time. God has really been convicting me about this

    Thank you so much for this devotion, it has given me the courage to jump in and tell them the truth knowing God is with me and will catch me.

  14. Vicki says:

    Thank you for this message today. I have decided to go into the cosmetic business. I am praying that this decision was not mine but the Lord’s. I jumped into this not know how to swim. I continue to pray this was the right decision. I have a lot of inventory in my home if it was not.

    Please pray that I was listening to God for this and not my self ego. Thank you.

  15. Karen says:

    Thank you Sharon for this devotional! It was confirmation for me. I want to eventually leave my job as a secretary and work helping people, I want to start a errand business for seniors. I have clue where to begin but I believe God will direct my steps with the Information needed to get started. I held this on my heart for years but always thought I couldn’t do it!! I encourage us all to take a step of faith !! God is ABLE!!’

  16. Abby says:

    Nothing.. Just live a BORING life. Just waste of space. Those who have plans\ know what the plans are from God they succeed. Anything I try its just a joke.just live a mundane life.

  17. Tami says:

    I sometimes have to remind myself to count the blessings around me and know that these blessing would not be possible if it were not by the hand of God. I know in my heart, because the Bible tells me so that God has a plan. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God does not call all of us to do the same work. I will pray for you by name today Abby.

  18. Sherrie says:

    I want to move, and I have had Greenville, SC on my mind for a while. I’ve never been there, and I want to go and scout it out. But I don’t think about that too much as the thought that it might not be the place is discouraging as I will have to go back to the drawing board. And if it IS the place, then lots of changes and lots of decisions will have to be made, and those scare me. Decisions have never been my strong suit, and I pray that when the time comes I will be able to be decisive and purposeful. I know God will help me. This is know and believe. It’s been a long time coming but I know, and I believe. It does put the butterflies in me though. I’m excited and terrified at the same time.

  19. Sherrie says:

    Oh Abby. I used to wonder about my life too. Is this it? Does God not have any good things planned for me? I still don’t know his plans, though I have dreams and goals, but I do know he has plans for me, and he has plans for you too. In the last few months I’ve really come to treasure this verse — “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    He planned good works for us to do, long before we were born, long before the world even existed. And if he planned good works for us to do, then who can thwart them? Not even us. They’re already done. All we have to do is trust him and walk into them. Talk baby steps with God, Abby, and allow him to take baby steps with you. Just one little step at a time. Ask Him to give you fresh eyes to see the glories of God around you, and he will show you things you’ve always looked at but have never really seen. Know that you are loved, and that he made you worthy of all good things.

  20. Sherri says:

    I’ve been reading all the comments and praying for some of the spoken requests… is there anyway you can open up the “ reply” section so we can reply specifically to some of the prayer requests? Thank you

  21. Wanda says:

    Abby, You are NOT a waste of space. You are fearfully and wonderfully made by the Creator of the Universe. He sees you and you are precious to Him. I have felt like you many times in my life. It is a lie from the devil. He wants you to lose hope and give up. God has plans for every life He puts on this Earth and you are no exception. When I feel like I am “less than’ everyone else I just remember that God made me and He don’t make no junk. Also He was willing to send His only Son to die for me and you and that is true love. I will be praying for you today and in the coming weeks. I hope you will seek out help from a true Christian sister or counselor so you can come to know how important you are .

  22. Teresa says:

    My leap of faith is to take some training to a higher level. My goal is to be more valuable at work and show others it is never too late to late to learn more. There is no monetary reward for thus training, only an avenue to serve my employer better. May God grant me the chance to use this as a way to share his servant nature.

  23. Mandy says:

    My husband and I are feeling like we should do foster care. We are willing to jump in wholeheartedly and trust him but as the devotional says, I’m not sure if it is His idea or ours. I’m afraid because we already have 3 kids, both work full time and sometimes more, and are very busy with church. How can I be sure God is giving us the go ahead?

  24. Kami says:

    I know God is telling me to have a talk with my best friend. She was a Christian growing up when something bad happened to her. Her church turned on her and she eventually turned to Wicca. God desperately wants her back and he wants me to try, but I’m terrified I’ll lose my best friend.

  25. My 26 year old son will be moving out for the first time into an independent living program for adults with high functioning autism and I’m scared to death. He struggles with mental health issues, depression, and extreme social anxiety. I honestly don’t know if he can handle this, but if he doesn’t try, he’ll never know what he’s capable of. In the past several months, God has reminded me again and again, through the words of a song, GIG devos, a message or verse, that all He requires is that I trust Him. He will handle the rest. I know God loves me and my son passionately and He is a good, good Father. Each day is a battle of faith vs fear, but I am encouraged knowing that no matter what happens, God will be with us. Isaiah 43:2

  26. Cindy says:

    Thank you Sharon for answering your call & this devotional. I’ve survived rejection, abuse, gossip in church, DV homeless shelters with my son, cancer (still a patient), financial, safe housing, & lack of educational oppression due to cost of lifetime chemotherapy. There’s more. I’ve had passion to heal & guide others. But every time I commit to move forward, the door of opportunity is slammed in my face. Now I have serious doubt about my will vs Gods will. I have no church home/inner circle friend. I recognize I am ever growing in Christ, I have a deep relationship with our Lord. I don’t want pity. I need prayer. Serious, unceasing prayer. Please. Thank you.

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