When we step out in courage, when we step out and take a risk – not knowing what the end result will be – faith comes alive. Suddenly words of belief, words of faith and trust are no longer just words but are heard in a new way. They take on a new reality that is spoken and felt in the heart.
Recently I have taken a couple of risks – both of which could involve the loss of my job and livlihood – but I have chosen to step out in faith because I strongly believe that the stance I take is right and good, even though I am intimidated by the “powers that be.” I have to confess that of late I have been undergoing a bit of a spiritual desert, a dark night of the soul. It has been one of those times in life where I have felt absolutely no spiritual connection and little motivation to connect to Source. In taking the risks I have taken, I felt like a zomby, simply putting one foot in front of another and following through on what I had promised. But suddenly, deep in my heart I heard a whisper: “I am with you. You are not alone. Don’t be afraid.” And in those words, summoned by the risks I was taking, the darkness of this long night was pierced by a Light within that seemed so very real – not just nice words, but real. And it’s no big deal, no big feeling, no huge moment of revelation; just something small, something little, but something so very real that emerges from deep within me. And in that tiny seed, I feel again the reality of which I so often write and speak. Not just words, but a Power that is real and that promises to be with me – no matter what.
Suddenly, in the darkness that has been this Winter moment in my life, my heart is beckoned to the reality of Spring that lay just around the corner – if I only have the patience to wait and keep putting one foot in front of the other.