Some opportunities we readily jump at as soon as the door opens, while others give us pause and we’re more reluctant to accept. But this fear and hesitation often highlights the importance of what we’re being called to do.
This certainly played out for most as we approached our wedding day. However excited we were to live the rest of our life together with our bride, there was still likely a part of us that was nervous.
In fact, it would be quite unusual if we weren’t just a little nervous. We were making a vow and committing our lives to love another person without knowing what will be required of us on the road ahead.
This would make any sane person at least a bit anxious.
But this is not just cold feet or questioning our love for our bride. It’s recognizing the high call we’re entering into. And fear rightly reminds us not to take it lightly.
We might experience similar reluctance and fear when asked to take on increasing responsibilities and leadership at work, when considering having kids and expanding our family, or when convicted to speak up regarding important issues of our day.
Part of us is afraid and this is okay. The fear lets us know how important the calling is.
But we must not let our fear and hesitation cause us to turn our backs on what God has called us to do.
Like Christ, we might pray for another way. But, in the end, we submit ourselves to God’s call for our life and trust the outcome to him.
We’re likely to rush ahead and miss God when we don’t pause and feel the full weight of what we’re being called into. At the same time, the fear can overwhelm us and take us out when we don’t keep our eyes on God.
It’s okay not to rush into every calling. Reluctance is often a sign of healthy respect and fear.
Take your time and consider deeply. And then move forward boldly and confidently in faith.