“’You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,’ said the Lion.”—C.S. Lewis (The Silver Chair)
Something you must know about me is that I love C.S. Lewis. He is my all time favorite author and inspires me daily. I have been thinking about the past few years and how I have gotten to where I am today. Three years ago is where my life took a dramatic turn and it hasn’t been until recently that I realized this, but when you just jump in, God reveals to you so much.
Three years ago I was living with three other girls in a house in Tempe, Arizona. I was attending a church that was full of college students like me. However, I got to this point where I felt this calling and need to go into student ministries. I absolutely love working with kids whether it be teenagers or younger. They have this aliveness to them that captures my heart. My church was solely a student church so I felt God calling me to look around at bigger churches. My roommate was dating a guy who lived with a couple of dudes and one was a junior high youth pastor of a church called Central Christian Church. I had attended once before and enjoyed it. She did me a favor and asked her boyfriend to ask his buddy the youth pastor if they needed any leaders in their ministry. He was just coming on to staff so he said yes, any help he could get would be awesome. He told me that there was a huge leadership meeting at the church three days from now and asked if I could make that. I was hesitant at first because I knew absolutely no one but for some reason I felt the need to jump in and go. I trusted my gut and I trusted God.
The meeting was overwhelming and many came. I sat at a table by myself that soon filled up with people. I sat next to a lovely and very talkative lady who, little did I know, would find myself being close friends with and serving alongside three years later. She invited me to a group of ladies that got together and talked about women’s ministries. She said they needed a younger demographic in their ministry and I then began to ask what kind of ministry this was; a strip club ministry. Alarmed and intrigued she explained that they simply bring cupcakes into strip clubs, give them to the girls who work there and love on them. Again, I felt the need and desire that this is where God wanted me, so I jumped into a second ministry. Sitting by her was no coincidence.
In one night, God revealed two different ministries to me where he would use and work through me. I was stuck in a spot for so long and ignored this pull inside me that wanted more. When we jump in, obey and walk through the doors that God opens for us he uses us in incredible ways. My life has been changed due to these ministries and I am constantly being brought to my knees in thankfulness for opening so many doors in the past three years including getting married and now working for Central Christian Church. If you jump, He will carry you the entire way and will never let go.
As C.S. Lewis said, “‘You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,’ said the Lion.” God is calling to us constantly and telling us to jump, jump in and let me change your world.
Love. Be loved. Know love.