Vontae Davis, cornerback for the Buffalo Bills, decided not to play the second of the game and retire at the same time. He went back to the locker room, got dressed and left the stadium with no regrets. Lily*, began a conversation with my close friend at the sports bar, as I watched this event take place with the Buffalo Bills. Lily got blessed with two job offers, one on her own and the other through my friend. The first job prospect is a safety job, where many of the employees are there for at least 30-40 years, without much mobility. The other job for a small, rather prosperous and lucrative company, offers mobility, but flexibility to work on the weekends. My friend gave her the best advice, which was taking a leap of faith and taking the job at the small business. A sense of peace washed over her, from the advice to which she added, “Something told me I should take the job at the smaller business, because Father God put it on me great things will come from it.” A few touchdowns later, she’d made the call and accepted the position. Both people took a leap of faith that day, confident that Father God had them covered, despite the unseen.
Apostle Paul decided to meet the Ephesian elders on the island of Miletus, he told them, “I am bound by the Holy Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me, except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead.” Acts 20:22-23 Like Paul, neither Vontae and Lily know what awaits them by taking the leap of faith. Most of the time, when we receive the prompting from the Holy Spirit to make moves in our lives, we ignore the calling because it likely doesn’t fit into our plans. Whether the sudden urge to pursue a lifelong dream or opening up a business, when God’s prompts us to fulfill His purpose, WE MUST OBEY. Each person were comfortable in their lives, settled and reaping decent benefits from their lifestyles. However, when Father God puts it on our hearts to do His work, our comfort zones are quickly shaken up. We leave our comfortable lifestyles to pursue the unknown calling, unsure of where it will take us. Life’s sudden shake up drove me into a deeper walk with Christ when all the comforts I’d grown accustomed to, were taken away. I had little understanding at the time of the reason behind the events that took place in my life. However, seeing it from the perspective of Paul, left me understanding that trusting God with every aspect of my life, left me opened to reaping an even bigger reward than what I’d grown use to. The freedom to follow God’s plan left me not worrying about my decisions, because I knew the decisions I made were all prompted by my God. Therefore, I knew there was no way I would fail.
Paul had no one idea what awaited him on the other side. Yet he knew he opposition was imminent. When the prompting is driven by Father God, expect the enemy to put up a fight. I had the pleasure of speaking to the coordinator of Samaritan’s Purse, regarding a close friend leadership role in Operation Christmas Child distribution center over the holidays. She said, “Once she begins this ministry, the enemy will do everything in his power to break her, because she’s doing God’s work.” PREACH! When we face opposition doing the right thing as God’s disciples, we face persecution from all angles. Whether it’s feeding the homeless, fostering a child or puppy, spreading the gospel or even passing a bible to a stranger, know the enemy will somehow find a way to break up any increase in God’s kingdom.
In a statement issued by Vontae Davis, after his sudden resignation, he went on to say, “There were road blocks and pitfalls along the way, but I am grateful to God for all of it because He doesn’t promise any of us an easy journey. Lastly, I am grateful to God for what He has in store for me ahead, in this next chapter if my life.” (@vontaedavis) Both men parallel the release of the comforts Father God presented to them in the beginning of both their careers, Davis with a lucrative football career earning millions and Paul ministering in Ephesus where Father God gave him power to perform miracles. Both men using their promptings in a different way, but using different tools. Paul using his gift of ministering and Davis, his gift of supplying coverage to the wide receivers. Interesting, both men were trusted by many in sight, but they took the leap of faith to trust the unseen. At some point in our lives, we will get the prompting to take the leap of faith and TRUST FATHER GOD to guide us where He wants us to be. Usually, the prompting will remove us from our comfort zones and into unfamiliar territory. It’s the time we have to cleave to Him, so we can do what He wants us to do. I know, it’s makes no sense. Why would I leave my comfort zone and head into the unknown, unsure of what lies ahead? He will make His voice known by taking away y our comforts to get us to fulfill His purpose for us, even if it means leaving in the middle of a game. I’ve heard His voice and I‘m grateful for all of Father God’s provision and the courage to take the leap of faith. I cannot wait to see what my future holds and all I did was quit!