As of my last blog, which as really been a weekly instead of daily blog, I talked about a leap of faith that I was about to undertake. On Tuesday of this past week, I took that leap.
Remember the blog before last about God speaking to me through the song, “Voice of Truth.” That song prompted me to ask God, “So, what is it that you want me to leap out on faith about?” When I asked that question, I felt the immediate words, “Turn I your notice at Gold’s.” When I heard those words, I felt the urge to check God’s Idea by saying things like, “Lord, you do know what this economy is like don’t you?” But, I figure that He knows about it better and any of us.
I sought some counsel on the matter from a very dear friend here locally. His words were, “Before you turn in your notice you need to fast and pray.” It’s not at all surprising to hear this because only a few weeks ago, another brother in Christ had encouraged me to do the same. I decided to fast and pray on that Tuesday about this decision. I spoke to Ellen about it, and as she has been throughout this whole process, she was very supportive–to the point that she decided to fast and pray with me.
[Important Side Note] If God is going to challenge your faith, it’s so important to have a mate like I do. Ellen made me feel somewhat how Sarah must have made Abraham feel. When I told her what I had been prompted to do, she did not hesitate. She said, “I’ll do this with you and whatever God puts on your heart, I will follow.” To me that’s the kind of faith that God supports and blesses. It’s more a blessing than I can describe to have her as my bride!
So, I took the day off on Tuesday and from Monday night bedtime through Wednesday morning, we fasted and prayed. The focus of this fast was to make sure that my decision was something of God and not just something I wanted to do. I told Ellen that when we went to bed on Tuesday night I wanted to be firm in my commitment about whatever decision that God placed on our hearts.
What a wonderful day that was! No distractions, prayer all day with my wife, some deep conversation with God! It was one of the most cleansing feelings I have ever had. When bedtime came that night, I knew that I was going to proceed with my decision to turn in a notice on Wednesday. And I did!
It seems crazy to say it, but I felt great about having made the decision. To God be all the glory and praise!! Now we wait on Him to deliver on His promise. I don’t know where, when, or how, but I believe that He will make good on it.
Some blessings of this fast:
1. Learning that I CAN do this.
2. The closeness I felt with God all day.
3. The closeness I felt with Ellen that day.
4. The physical became almost invisible because the spiritual was so strong.
5. The physical was blessed too.
6. The clarity of mind a spirit was incredible.
7. Little things did not bother me as much.