I stood at the edge of the pool and watched the girl I nanny take off her life jacket and her mom standing a few feet away began to encourage her to swim to her. Her mom held out her arms and the little girl backed away because she was afraid that she would sink. She didn’t think that her mom was going to keep holding out her hands for her to hang on. Until she let go of the edge, she jumped into the unknown. Her mom was there and took hold of her lifted her out of the water, safe into her arms.

This is how it with God sometimes.

God: Jump my love, I am not going to let you fall.

Nat: God, I’m scared. I don’t know what’s next and I would rather stay here where I am comfortable. I just don’t know.

God: Let go and I will catch you.

Nat: God, I don’t know if I can.

God: Trust me.

When you decide to jump, it’s scary. The unknown. But it is also the best decision you will ever make in your life, when you decide to give it up. You are hanging on to the wall, but God is asking you to swim. Trust is a funny thing. When you give something up because you know that God has something even better for you. My dad showed me this picture once, I will explain it the best way I can. There was a little boy with expectation on his face, his dad leaning down, excitement on his face. He was holding a puppy behind his back. My dad said it really well, this is the way that God works. When we trust, he gives “Puppies” in a way.

Waiting sucks. I get you. There is the kind of waiting where you are at a red light or waiting for your order at a fast food restaurant. The easy kind of waiting. And then there is the kind of waiting where you are waiting for the “One” to come into your life, or you are waiting for the perfect job to pop up. We can very easily settle because we don’t want to wait. When you wait on his timing then everything lines up, he has the best in store for us.

So. I have two questions for you. What is he asking you to jump into, and you are holding on to the edge, and what are you waiting for?

Blessings + hugs,


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