I jumped out an airplane. Yup – I went skydiving! You could absolutely call it a leap of faith, but it was also a determined step of action. Now, before you make up your mind on how you think this does or does not apply to you, stay with me just a bit longer and allow me to share more.
In full disclosure, I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately, and that’s very odd for me. I just haven’t felt…perhaps the word is…settled. I’ve been a bit discontent and dissatisfied. And it is a place I do NOT want to live!
Have you ever been there? Whether for a short visit or for a long stay? Perhaps you’re there right now. If so, you are not alone!
On the surface I have absolutely no reason to feel this way. I have a family that I adore. I have a job that I love – much more than a job, actually – a calling and a ministry that I am passionate about. I have a roof over my head, enough food for the table, and my health. I am very blessed.
How could I dare be dissatisfied? It seems so ungrateful. But when the feeling just wouldn’t go away I began asking more questions and realizing some eye-opening things. What were the factors contributing to my state of mind? I took a sort of inventory.
First, it had been a very long time since I have been able to do a few things that have been extremely important parts of my life.
• I haven’t been able to see my family and grandbabies as often as I like.
• It has been well over a year since I have been able to travel overseas to share about our ministry outreaches, which fills such an important need in my life.
• Our Joyce Meyer Ministries conferences have been cancelled and I miss them.
There are several more that I could add to the list, but I think you understand. I was surprised by this revelation and deemed it the “COVID funk”.
Now, I don’t want to live by my feelings, but they do have an impact and they often tell me something. I have learned through the years that a sense of dissatisfaction or being unsettled isn’t always signaling a problem. Often, there is a change ahead and God is preparing me. I can’t say that I know exactly what it will be, but through these past several months we have all gotten very good at managing change, and I trust that whatever it is, God will help me once again. My responsibility is to be prepared.
I began praying that God would show me what He wanted me to see and how I could prepare – spiritually, emotionally, and physically. I also began to feel strongly that I needed to shake things up. Dislodge that satisfaction. Try something new. So, I decided to take a step of action – a giant leap of faith. I dug into the Word deeper, made some adjustments as let by the Holy Spirit, and yes, I went skydiving. It may sound like an unusual choice to you, but it was exactly what I needed! It certainly woke me up, gave me a sense of accomplishment, and provided the adventure that I needed. It felt good!
But don’t worry – you do not have to jump out of a plane. Your step will likely be very different. It may even be symbolic. You can make a commitment to be open to change, to prepare, to shake off that funk with God’s help. But you do need to do something.
In the Bible, Hebrews chapter 11 tells us about the big leaps of faith that people throughout the Bible took. Those leaps facilitated change in their lives, furthered the kingdom of God, and indirectly impacted us all. Read it – it is inspiring and encouraging.
Continuing to Hebrews 12, verses 26 and 27 say this, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.”
It may be your time to shake things up so that the unnecessary can fall away. So that you can release what is no longer effective, get rid of the things that are wasting your time, and break out of the rut you may be stuck in. The things that remain are the things God will use in your new season.
I jumped out of a plane today. No, not because God told me to, but He certainly used it to teach me something important. The Bible tells us to be content, but it does not say to always be satisfied. We want more of Him. There comes a season where we must take big leaps so that God can propel us to whatever He has ahead.
Prepare. Shake it up. And jump.
– love, Ginger