What exactly does stepping out on faith look like? As Christians, we know that faith is the substance or evidence of things hoped for. Most times, we step out on faith when a major/monumental life decision is about to be made. And as usual, stepping out on faith is not easy. Actually, for me, it’s super scary. I have millions of questions running through my mind because I am always concerned about the journey it takes to get to the outcome and the actual outcome of it all.
In my lifetime, I’ve had some major decisions that were made. Each and every time, I’ve been scared out of my freaking mind. Recently, I made the decision to leave my last job in order to pursue a new career path. That was super hard to do, I’m not gonna lie. It was December 2020. My dad had asked me, “Gabrielle, what is it that you really want to do? What do you aspire to do? I know things didn’t work out when you were in college, but I know you want to do something that you are passionate about.” Now, here I was currently at a job that I had grown to absolutely hate. It was so bad that my therapist was even suggesting that I search for something that would put me through mental turmoil. It was that bad. I had already been applying at other places and had not had any luck. I felt stuck. So I told my dad that I wanted to get into real estate. I had been wanting to get my real estate license for a few years. I love houses and I love being able to assist others. I could also see myself eventually helping new homeowners decorate their homes. Well, he gave me an offer and said for me to look up the price for real estate classes. Within two days’ time, I found a school, enrolled in classes, and was ready to start class the second week of January. But here was the catch: I had to see if my job was going to accommodate me with a different work schedule. The schedule they had for me starting the new year was (yes, this is an actual shift) 3 pm to midnight CST. Naturally, I let my manager know I was going back to school. She advocated for me to get an earlier shift so I can still work and go to school. However, the company did not want to comply in simply giving me an earlier shift. The only option I had left was to resign. Y’all I was so freaking scared. I was terrified and anxious because there was so much to consider. The trauma from past experiences started to hit me. Prior to that job, I was unemployed for TEN months. I already have the hardest time finding a new job quickly and I did not want to be behind on my bills. But I knew if I didn’t seize this opportunity that was so easily opened for me, I would be missing out on a blessing. So I left. I trusted that God was just going to carry me throughout it all, and He did.
When stepping out on faith, you have to submerge yourself in knowing that God has got your back! Easier said than done, right? The beauty of God’s power is that He literally knows EVERYTHING. He knew that this moment in time was going to occur before we were even born. The only thing He asks of us is to trust that He’s going to come in the clutch. The first few months went well enough. I had some money coming in from different resources. I was able to still accomplish a few goals I made at the beginning of the year. School was a little tough, but manageable. I spent a lot of quality time with my daughter. But, the money started to dwindle. I wasn’t able to pay my bills. The anxiety started to kick in. I was in tears every week because I couldn’t find a new job. I stopped focusing on studying for my real estate exam because I was so worried about not being in debt. But God really came through for me. I just so happened to visit my best friend and her mom. While there, I talked with her mom and just gave her life updates. A week later, she called me to let me know that she needs someone to work on her team with her company. Two weeks after that call, I’m in the office WORKING. No job application. No interview. Just someone that knew me, advocated for my pay and work ethic and got me hired. That’s how God moves y’all. When you have faith, God takes care of the rest. It’s difficult to just submit yourself to the unknown. Fortunately, we know that the outcome will be God-ordained. All you have to do is take that step (or maybe even a leap!).
If you ever find yourself in a major, life-altering position, please take that step of faith. Pray and ask God to reveal His path for you. Trust that He will have your back and give you a beautiful outcome.