I never would have done it. Not in a million years. But then I felt the God-nudge.
And ya’ll, I’m helpless against the God-nudge.
So when God surprised me by leading me in a direction I hadn’t really considered, once the shock subsided, my goals were simple: (1) Make sure I had heard clearly, and (2) Obey Him.
It sounds so simple, doesn’t it?
Two little steps and bammo. Done. Aside from a racing heart, nausea, and the fear bombarding my mind and heart, there was really nothing to it. *grin*
If God has ever led you in a direction you didn’t expect (or if you sense He is doing so right now…) it’s easy to fall into the trap of clinging to the familiar and comfortable because of fear, and thinking it couldn’t possibly be God, because why would He ever lead us into scary?
But consider the Israelites who, though they longed for freedom, so feared change and the unknown they contemplated returning to slavery when they were well on their way to the promised land.
And just like the Israelites, we cannot get to the promise land without occasionally walking through scary.
Scary means different things to different folks: a job/career change; any sudden change of plans; staying when you’d rather leave; leaving when you’d rather stay; confrontation you’d rather avoid; insert your scary situation here _____________.
So, how do we navigate our way when God surprises us by leading us into scary?
1. Pray, pray, pray. Ask God to establish His will, conform your thoughts to His, and help you to clearly perceive the right way to go—even when it feels scary.
2. Give yourself time to process what God has spoken to you. Mull it over. Sleep on it. Ponder it. Remember, to be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark. (Proverbs 19:2)
3. Talk to your spouse or a trusted close friend. It is wise to discuss what you sense God is telling you to do with someone close to you. In a multitude of counsel there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14)
4. Follow after peace. It’s important that we follow after peace (in spite of any underlying fear of the scary step…). Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and His voice and gentle leading in our lives will always be accompanied by peace. Colossians 3:15 says that peace is the umpire that calls the shots in our lives.
5. Ask God to help you obey. Most of us will need encouragement and strength to willingly walk toward scary. I know I sure do. Pray for a willing heart and strength!
6. Step out in faith and say Yes! Ultimately it comes down to trust. Do we trust God enough to walk into scary? (And know for certain you will not walk alone!) You could wind up on the adventure of your life!
My scary scenario ended well, and though it was a complete course-change for me, God made it abundantly clear it was the way for me to go. He was in every surprising detail and orchestrated my way. And I truly believe He will do the same for you!
I don’t know what God-nudge you may be sensing, but I do know when we seek after Him with all of our hearts, He will make our paths straight and give us boldness and peace--even when He leads us into scary.