Starting something new can be so exciting and so scary. But it seems like in the beginning everyone (or most people)are there cheering you on. When I first started The Faith Feast I had more support than I knew what to do with. I was encouraged and lifted up with every baby step I took to bring this thing to life. But in all honesty, the more I have stepped into it, the more I have experienced others falling away from it.
It is baffling to me. And if I am honest, painful.
Getting an unsubscribe notice or realizing someone close to you unfollowed you…sucks. I know, I know. It is silly, right? It is just instagram. My mom still reads (thanks mom) and so do you. And don’t get me wrong, YOU MATTER TO ME. Without a doubt. I LOVE to read your comments and prayer requests and little messages. But it doesn’t change the fact that some people I know personally have decided they wanted out of my dream, my current mission. People that once believed in me.
I find myself asking questions like “Did I do something wrong? have I said the wrong thing? Am I THAT annoying? Maybe I shouldn’t post about oatmeal much but I just love it.” And maybe I have, and maybe I do post about oatmeal too much. But the point is- the closer we get to what God has called to do the farther some people will get from us.
We see it with Jesus. With every step He took towards the cross, the less people He had around Him. The disciples fell away one by one. Some boldly denying Him and others just ducking out of the way trying to escape the chaos. Even the crowd who had gathered to watch Him die diminished over time. When He reached His God chosen destination (the cross), He had way less people than when He was cruising through town healing people.
But in all of this neglect and abandonment, lets not forget who WAS there. Mary and Mary Magdalene were there. They were there.
God will allow those who in the moment can’t be with us to fall away. But He will make sure we have someone there FOR us. He is just faithful like that. So rather than focus on the sting of who has opted out of this journey, I will thank God for each of you have stayed in it. It’s been so fun for me to collaborate, pray, and get to know you.
My prayer for you is that if you find yourself taking steps towards God’s call on your life and realize people are falling away that you would have the courage to let them go with GRACE. That you wouldn’t cling to things that aren’t for this season or harbor bitterness for who seemingly turned their back on you. I pray that you would trust God to bring the right people in and move the others out in the perfect time. I pray you would have the eyes to see that you ARE on the right path. Do not be discouraged- KEEP going, even if it feels like you are going alone.
He is always with you.
with love & gratitude,
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