"How long will you hesitate between two opinions? (1 Kings 18:1 NASB)
I’ve talked to so many recently who are in the midst of the valley of decision. It’s as if they’re standing on the edge of the cliff of their destiny and want to take that leap of faith. They’re hearing, “If not now when?” Recently, I was talking with a friend in such a place and God gave me this word for him almost immediately while we were talking on the phone. It came in the form of an acronym of the word J.U.M.P. Keep in mind there are many factors involved in seeking God's direction. Don't take this as the final "word" from God. I only hope that it will help in part as you seek His will in your situation.
JUGGLING... This is the season of juggling all the pros and cons, heavily weighing indecision, dreaming and wondering if God is saying yes or no. Often this involves talking to trusted advisors, mentors, friends and close relatives. This can be particularly stressful and even agonizing. However, at some point the juggling needs to stop, because no matter what phase of the decision process you’re in, there is always a potential temptation to keep juggling.
UNDERLYING FEELING... No matter how long you’ve been juggling, most of the time you will know what it is you are supposed to do. It’s that thought, picture, image, dream and bottom-line thing that is not going to go away. This is what you must settle once and for all. At this point there is no need to go back to juggling. You've done that already. The idea is to progress in your seeking. It won't do you any good to juggle because you'll just be juggling the same things and getting nowhere. You've analyzed enough. If you don't make a move you will give yourself a reason not to.
MISSION... Once you know the bottom line, you can focus on the mission. This involves all the details of moving, resigning your current job, preparing the kids, selling the house, etc. This doesn't always make navigating through the specifics easy, but nothing is more frustrating than wandering in circles in the valley of indecision. Torture! However, once you resign to the underlying feeling, it will naturally propel you. Other 'm' words come to mind in this phase: the mission, the means, the map, the manpower, and the move to set your mission in motion. In this phase your vision will begin to come into sharper focus. Don’t allow the fear of uncertainty to tempt you to go back to juggling. Focus forward! God will show you mental images and live action videos of yourself in the dream He has called you to and you'll naturally begin fine-tuning the strategy for your assignment. God will have your full attention. Your every thought will be on where He is leading you. Your spirit will be projected into the future of your mission. It's as if you'll already be there.
PURPOSE... Now that you're clear about your purpose and activated a plan, you will have a settled peace. Often, the peace doesn't come until after you've made the decision to pursue. Many times we are waiting on God, when He is actually waiting on us. However, understand that peace doesn't mean you won't have some problems along the way. It simply means you are no longer in turmoil with indecision. Indecision debilitates! Obeying God always takes a leap of faith. If God told you every little detail it wouldn’t require faith. If you think about it, you probably already know a lot of what to do because you’ve been imagining it for a long time. You’ve mentally worked through several details prior to this point. Eventually you’ll find yourself in the PLACE God has called you because you're fully committed to your purpose.
So, as the 80’s Rock legend David Lee Roth once said... “You might as well go ahead and JUMP!” (cheesy synthesizer riff here).