As I stepped away from the highly esteemed author, I could not wait to read the inscription he wrote in my book. I opened the crisp new pages and found a reference to a verse I was not familiar with. Luke 1:45. I walked quickly to my room and flipped open my Bible.
When I found the verse, I felt as though this writer somehow knew me. Like he’d seen the inner workings of my mind. My doubt and worry. My wavering faith in the midst of the unknown.
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
How did he know? How did he see? He didn’t. But God did. It was day one of a much anticipated writer’s conference. At that moment, I needed a reminder that when I placed my faith in God’s promises instead of my own abilities, beautiful things happen. Things beyond my wildest imagination.
Even months before the conference, God was using the most unlikely people to remind me how far his promises go. When I described my self-doubt in a blog post in March, I received this comment from a reader who just happened to stop by my website on that particular day:
“Go to the conference with a song in your heart, holding lightly to your hopes and dreams and tightly to God’s promises. Sounds like the two work against each other, but His promises go further than our dreams. He is ever our Hope. He who has called you will do it.”
Whenever I need a word of encouragement or a push to continue forward, God never fails to deliver. And this first day at She Speaks was no different. He was right there with me, letting me know through a person who didn’t know me from the next woman in line that God’s promises still stood.
Big dreams are usually accompanied by big fears. And God knew my biggest fear. The fear of failure. The fear that I would never achieve what I hoped. More than that, that I wouldn’t achieve what He planned for me.
But you see, his promises not only go further than our dreams, they go further than our fears.
When we place our faith in God instead of our abilities, there is no limit to how far He can take us.
We can be confident in even in the unknown because of the rock on which we stand. Jesus. He has gone behind and before. He knows what lies ahead even when we cannot see around the next corner.
God desires one thing from us. Obedience. If there is a desire burning in your heart to do something for Him that is greater than you ever thought possible, there is a reason. As Christine Caine so beautifully put it, “If God has assigned you, He will find you.” He does not need us to go twenty steps ahead. He simply needs us to take the first one.
Abide and He will guide.
Take that next step, and He will take your hand.
*Linking up Suzie Eller today as we talk about risks.