Welcome to Songs of Salvation! Each Sunday I will feature a Christian author sharing a "Song of Salvation" to uplift and encourage believers and glorify God.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12:11 NLT
Authors, find out how to share your Song of Salvation here.
People call me an author. I like to think of myself as a cyber missionary, meeting readers’ needs, spreading the gospel through my stories from one side of the world to the other. I’m doubtful this would have happened (or at least this fast) if it weren’t for God’s distinct call on my life little over two years ago to step out of my comfort zone and walk on water.
As my writing opportunities increased, I experienced more pressure on my time. And it frustrated me. So much to do, so little time. But God was no stranger to my pressures, and He was no stranger to my desires, either—my passion to write for Him.
One night at the beginning of 2016, my youngest son sat me down to say that he felt I should start writing fulltime. Despite the fact that Kyle is a missionary, and at the time I was one of his biggest financial supporters, he encouraged me not to let that stand in my way, that God would take care of him. Suddenly I was faced with a ten-year plan possibly becoming a one or two-year plan. But I never dreamed it would be an imminent one.
What happened the next day made me realise Jesus was standing there in the realm of the unknown, holding out His hand, and inviting me to step out of the boat, and do what to the human mind is impossible but what to God is possible. Matthew 19:26 says that with God all things are possible. He was calling me to live a life of faith, totally reliant on Him.
This is what happened in the space of a day…
- First, God caught my attention with John 4:35 landing in my inbox. “Do not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest.’ I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” Don’t wait. Do it now. I asked God to confirm this was what I needed to do.
- Shortly after, one of our suppliers came to my desk and we chatted. Suddenly she asked me if I’d ever write full time.
- That same morning, I received an email from Loop, a devotional I’d signed up for. Once again, God spoke right into my heart about stepping out and trusting him. You can read the full article here, but this caught my attention: “It might be time to let go. It might be time to empty your hands. It might be time to stop grasping.” And the scripture, Psalm 39:7: “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.
- Later, I heard about a colleague who was giving up his supervisory position to follow his passion to teach. I shared with him my dream, and he emailed the following back: God never gives you a dream that matches your budget.
- Around the same time I spotted an image on Facebook—which, of course, God made sure I saw—with the same words my colleague had just shared with me. My mind exploded—the fact that God was speaking to me. But it was scary. I would have to give up so much security—a well-paid job, pension plan, company car, friends and colleagues. Oh that boat, that comfort zone, seemed all the more appealing.
- As I got into my car to drive home, Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns began to play on the CD player. It was such a clear affirmation that I needed to do this—for His glory. I encourage you to read the lyrics.
Without a doubt, God was doing more than prodding to capture my attention—He was giving me a good boot out of the nest, urging me to spread my wings and fly, to trust that He would not let me fall but would take me to higher places.
That weekend I chatted to my family about giving up my day job of the past nine years. I rearranged my writing office and got a vision and zeal for doing this crazy thing called walking on water.
My Bible reading that Sunday morning was from Psalms 31 – 32, and once again God reaffirmed his calling with scriptures like: “You are my God. My times are in your hands.”; “How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.”; “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
Was I scared to climb out of my comfort zone, to grab hold of the hand of Jesus, and walk on water? Oh yes! But the alternative of remaining in the status quo, the boat, scared me even more. It’s been over two years now, and I haven’t regretted my decision for one minute.