Haven’t we all experienced, from time to time, that feeling of insecurity about whether we should move forward or not? We are like a child climbing the steps, all the way to the top of the slide, only look down and cry out for its father.
What do I do now? Where do I go from here? How will things turn out?
These are the questions we are asking ourselves as we prepare to attend training this year. Suddenly, this missionary adventure has become very real. It’s one thing for us to talk about leaving the country we were raised in, surrounded by our family and friends, and taking our children to a completely new land. But it is something altogether different now that we are actually doing it!
Each day, and every donation, reminds us that we are one step closer to the edge — the place where God is leading us, where the only foundation to stand on is our faith in Him. Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Suddenly, this could not be any more real! We are on the edge of the unknown, relying upon our faith.
I am reminded of the time my little girl climbed on top of a table and I told her that, if she fell backwards, she could trust me to catch her. She stepped up to the edge, turned around, and fell backwards, straight into my arms. I asked her, “Why did you fall back?” She answered, “Because I trust you.”
Like our daughter, we must now walk up to the edge, knowing that our heavenly Father will be there for us. But, instead of turning around and falling backwards, safely into His arms, we are deciding to remain face forward…and we are leaping! We are leaping without knowing what this new place will be like when we land. We are leaping without knowing the people, whether or not we will be accepted or how our children will adjust. But we know that if we have the faith to leap, we can trust our Father to be with us all the way.