About three years ago, I took a big leap of faith. I took a job as an outside hire with a college campus ministry organization whose mission is to build a tight-knit Catholic community on campus that typically hires from their former students. They sent me to a college I had never heard of in a city I had never been to before. I did all the research on this organization that I could and spoke with as many people within the organization as I knew, which was only 2 people out of the hundred plus people in the organization. I took the job having never set foot on a campus where this organization had any sort of ministry presence nor having ever attended an event hosted by this organization.
I was an outsider, but for some reason, I felt convicted that this was where I was supposed to be.
The first several months working for this organization were really hard. I was living with people I had never met before, most of whom had already known each other; I was the new guy in the house. I was doing a style of ministry that put me way outside of my comfort zone. The community I was placed in prayed very differently than how I was used to, and, although there was absolutely nothing wrong with what they were doing, something about it felt wrong and foreign to me.
Despite all that, I still felt convicted that these were the people I was called to be working with, and the Holy Spirit supplied me with peace, even in the midst of everything around me being wildly outside my comfort zone.
Crazy things can happen when we trust in Jesus and go where He calls us. St. Peter stepped out of the boat and walked on water. St. Francis Xavier baptized tens of thousands of people in Asia and established Catholic Churches that are thriving to this day. St. Juan Diego helped bring about a revival of the Catholic faith in Mexico.
Trusting in God is not some lofty thing that happens on rare occasions, but rather it is a daily decision. None of these saints simply woke up one day and decided that they were going to trust Jesus in some huge, life-changing way; no, they made countless little decisions daily to surrender bits and pieces of their lives to the will of God, to live for Him and his glory rather than their own.
I didn’t just decide one day to make a big leap of faith to drop everything and move to a city I had never visited to preach the Gospel to people I had never seen at a college I had never heard of. For years and years, Jesus has been slowly taking more and more ground in my heart and been teaching me how to trust Him in little things. Jesus has been training me in how to step out of my boat and follow him, and it’s incredible seeing what amazing things He can do with my “yes”.
Jesus wants to work miracles through you. Where is Jesus asking you to step out in faith and trust him?
This blog was written by Sam Ford, Coordinator of Middle Schol Youth Ministry here at St. Francis of Assisi. If you’re interested in writing a blog for St. Francis of Assisi, please contact Joseph at [email protected].