Her story made me smile. As my 40th birthday approached, I felt God calling me out of my comfort zone and into uncharted territory, as he made it very clear that I was to start a writing and speaking ministry. I was challenged to start something new, at a stage in life when most people are fully established in their careers. I remembered Moses’ excuses when God called him to deliver Israel from Egypt. “I can’t do it, Lord,” I murmured. I felt inadequate, unfit for the task. As I shared my vision with those around me, I received support from family and several friends, but also much resistance and skepticism from several others. And yet, the longing remained.
At an age where the headlines screamed I was too old to start pursuing my dream, I chose to step out of my familiar surroundings and say yes to the call. I didn’t see the next steps, but I trusted that the one who began the work in me would lead me on. And so he has. Each step of obedience has been honored with one opened door after another, and an unprecedented sense of peace, true joy and fulfillment that remains to this day.