Trusting God and Stepping Out in Faith

I would like to share one of my recent experiences while being still in God’s presence.

I was watching these birds this morning and a dove perches himself on top of the fence. He sees the food on the fence railing that I placed there for the birds. He walks all along the top of the fence, pacing back and forth for awhile, looking over the edge. I can tell he is desiring to get the food he sees but is scared.  He realizes he is going to have to risk doing it differently because in his mind he thinks he can’t fit there on the edge of the railing as easily as the smaller birds. It seems impossible. He sees the obstacles, he doubts, he seems afraid and uncertain of the risk. I can tell he is pondering it over as I  continue to watch him.  Then all of a sudden, he finally takes the leap. I continue to watch this dove flap his wings as he struggles to find his center.

Struggling doveA few moments later he calms down, finds his center and begins to eat the harvest I provided for him.

Peaceful Dove

And low and behold I notice another dove, sitting and watching this take place the entire time…like it was taking all of it in and learning from the first and before I knew it, the dove swoops down, and with little hesitation chooses to do the exact same thing just as successful as the first one.

What is God speaking to me through this?

I am reminded of my past when I lived in so much fear.  I paced back and forth while my mind over analyzed all the what ifs.  I filled my head with doubts and fears and made every excuse as to why I couldn’t and didn’t have to take the next step.  I justified why it was ok not to move forward.

I mean who really wants to do something afraid.  I sure didn’t, at that time in my life.

I didn’t have the courage to take any leaps.  It felt better, more comfortable and safer to just stay where I was.  But deep down I felt empty and unfulfilled in life…like I was trapped in my own fears.  I knew I didn’t really want the life I was living.  I wanted to live on the edge with God.  I wanted to have a deep faith and trust in God that was unstoppable.  I wanted to be like the people I read about in the bible.

I believe we all secretly want this…deep trust and faith in God.

Over the years I have become more like these doves.  As I have learned to practice living still with God I have become more confident in Him, my faith and trust have deepened and I have had greater courage to take the leaps of faith that He has placed on my heart to take.  Just like these doves…

  • We have to step out in faith and jump to truly reap the harvest God has for us.
  • We have to be courageous and trust in Him deeply to receive all the blessings God intended for us to have.
  • We have to let go and fully rely on God to be completely free.

I can tell you from experience that this kind of living is the only way to live.  It is exciting, thrilling, adventures and completely freeing.

I hope my journey is encouraging you that you too can take that leap of faith and trust God deeply.  You never know how your life is truly impacting someone else’s.  Like the second dove sitting back watching intently, he learned from the first dove’s example of courage that he too could step out in faith and reap a harvest.  I encourage you right now to press in to God.  Take some time to be still with Him.  He is waiting, arms open wide, to help you take the next step.

Are you willing to take the leap or are you going to sit on the fence pacing back and forth for the rest of your life?

Stop delaying.  Join me on this exciting journey we call life. There are beautiful blessings waiting for you.

Would you like to read more inspiring stories like this and gain practical wisdom to help you step out in faith?  Then I encourage you to read my book Living Still.

Joshua 1:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Be Love Give Love ~ Abby

About the Author


Abby Lewis has a degree in Health and Wellness and her massage therapy license. She is the author of Living Still and producer of A Breath~in Stillness. Her life’s work is to passionately encourage others to experience transformation of spirit, mind and body by learning to practice “living still.”