Faith, Trusting God

Stepping Out on Faith

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”-Hebrews 11:1 KJV

Faith is one of the areas that I struggle with. I tend to take a realistic approach to things. If things look a certain way to me in the “natural eye” then it is that way. Faith isn’t what we see but looking beyond what we see. It’s believing that the things we hope for will come to past. I have asked God to help me increase my faith. I took a big leap of faith on Friday, May 16th. I went to the Department of Public Safety to take my road test for the first time. Before I went to the place, I felt very nervous and a little bit of anxiety came over me.

After waiting two hours to be seen, I was irritated. When my ticket was called and I met with the worker it seemed like everything was going well. I gave the worker my information and my friend’s car and insurance information. Then, I found out that I had to take my permit test because the permit that I had was expired. I thought that I could take my road test with the permit I had since it hasn’t been three years that it’s been expired. I was informed that was the old policy. and I would I have to take the written test. Any faith that I had was beginning to disappear.

I took the written test and failed it because I missed eight questions. I was so close! In order to get my permit that day, I could only miss a maximum of six questions. I was mad that I failed the test. I was depressed, angry, and had a bad mood that day due to what I went through. I felt like I wasted my time and my friend’s time. I’ve been waiting for the moment to take my road test for years and the day that I finally got the opportunity, things didn’t happen the way I expected it to.

Although things did not work out in my favor the first time, I retook my written test on Wednesday, May 21st and passed! Praise God! Now I can start practicing on the road. Lately, I’ve been practicing in the parking lot of my apartment. As stated in my previous Empowermoments, my goal is to get my driver’s license before the summer is over or at least by the end of 2014. The road to my driver’s license has been a long journey. I’ve been working on this goal since high school. I just want to accomplish this goal so I no longer have to worry about it. People have been helping me with my driving skills over the years but no one has been really consistent. I often get asked why I don’t have my driver’s license at my age (I’m 26 years old) and a car. That question sometimes irritates me although I know people don’t mean any harm. Right now, I don’t have the income to afford it; however, just as God brought me to this point, I know he will make provision for the rest.

Getting my Driver’s License represents freedom to me. I believe that when I get my driver’s license, it will open up opportunities for me to get a job in the Social Services field, which requires travel (see Tired of Trying) I’m working on trusting God more and walking out on faith even though I’m sometimes apprehensive. One of the hardest things for me to do is take a risk without knowing what the outcome is but that is what faith is all about.

Dear Daddy,

You know the things that I’m believing You for. Help me to step out on faith and trust You. Even when situations look bleak to the natural eye, increase my faith and remind me of the power of believing in You. I want faith that can move mountains. I know that faith without works is dead so give me the stamina to work while you continue to increase my faith. In Jesus’ Name Amen.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to get out of the boat like Peter. Step out on faith even though it might be scary. Keep your eyes focused on God and he will assist you. The story of Peter walking on water can be found in Matthew 14:22-33.

Tell us a time when you stepped out on faith.  We’d love to hear your story.

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Venus Gilmore currently resides in Auburn, AL. She is an alumna of Auburn University. Venus has B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Organization and Inequality with a minor in Social Work. She plans on pursuing a career in Social Services. She currently serves as the Mamie Reese Scholarship Director, and College Transition Program Director of her sorority Theta Phi Sigma Christian Sorority, Inc. Venus is also a blogger for Radical7even. She is an active Client Advocate volunteer for the Women’s Hope Medical Clinic. She successfully balances all of these responsibilities with her favorite scripture as motivation: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

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