As We Walk and Wander
It’s All in the Way You Travel
“I know that I must walk by faith because if I walked by sight, I would surely turn and run.” On the very first day that I sat down with JoJo to begin this project, this beautiful sentence came out of her mouth without her even realizing the amazing words she’d just spoken.
The last few years of my life have brought with them the unfortunate fact that it’s time to start making actual life choices. Where do I want to go college? How many should I apply to in case I get denied? What do I actually want to do with my life? There does, indeed, come a time when you realize that princess-secret agent-supermodel-astronaut may not be an achievable job description. Where do I want live? Where do I want to study abroad? Gee, I should probably learn to cook my own food before I move out. The list goes on and on.
There is only one answer that I’ve been able to figure out in advance; sometimes, you’ve just got to jump. For all you meticulous planners, I’m sorry if I’ve just caused you any mental discomfort. It’s true, though. More often than we’d like, we just don’t know the answer or outcome. In fact, there’s really only one guy who always does. If you feel it in your heart and soul that God’s leading your feet to the edge of a cliff, you’ve got to take that leap. Even if it looks to your eyes like a never-ending oblivion, jump. He can see far beyond what you and I can see.
My favorite example of taking that leap of faith is actually not my story to tell. It’s a family friend’s story of her schooling experience. Upon her college graduation from Clemson University, she planned to fulfill her dreams of going to law school. She told her parents that she was sure God wanted her to attend the law school in Athens, Georgia. Then upon sending in her applications and test scores, she was denied acceptance. You can imagine her parents’ confusion when she began packing her things for her move to Athens. She insisted that this was the place God was calling her to. She made the move, spent some time working as a waitress while making frequent visits to the school’s admissions office, and now graduates from that very law school in just a few days.
She followed God to the edge of her cliff and jumped off without hesitation, even though it seemed for a while as if her parachute wasn’t going to open. God always pulls through. Are you facing an intimidating choice? Are you questioning if you should take that chance? The real question is: Who are you to not take it? Snatch it up, and run with it. Don’t be afraid. Our prayers are always answered, just now always at the exact moment we’d like them to be. Just jump.