God truly took care of us and taught us valuable lessons at the same time, while also giving others the chance to earn eternal rewards by showing us charity. He proved himself to us, and not for the first time.
Afterward, I was left wondering why I let myself become overwhelmed with fear at points along the way. Doesn't Abba promise to take care of our needs (Matt. 6:25-33)? All of his promises are Yes and Amen!
The Next Level of Trust
I think he wants me to let go of employment altogether, and venture out on my own. That's the path to the kind of freedom that I desire for my family. My ministry deserves more of my time, my wife's ministry deserves more of her time, and the foster kids that God is entrusting to us deserve more of our time. Plus, I want Amanda (the wifey) to be able to finish her degree. The only way for me to make enough money quickly enough to see those things become a reality, is entrepreneurship.
The Sign That I Needed
Amanda and I attended one of Mr. Tolley's two-day Business of Life summits—which was amazing—and one of the things that he hammered home early the first day was the need to let go of the rope. On the projection screen was a big photo of a person letting go of a rope swing. At that moment, it felt like God poked me and whispered, "Pssst! That's for you."
My wife immediately turned towards me with a knowing look. It was a sign not to be ignored. Our lives are going to change again, and in very cool ways. All we have to do is trust God and work diligently.
One of my friends uses a phrase from the movie Fired Up all the time. This seems like a good place to drop it:
You've gotta risk it to get that biscuit. –Mak Malovik
Funny how I was unexpectedly released from my contract right on the heels of that seminar. It's as if I now know what I need to know to succeed, and God is giving me a good shove to get me started. I guess it's now or never.
The Decision to Hope
I like the sound of that second option. Why not try out my wings?
They who hope in the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. (Isaiah 40:31)