altars

On our Journey of Faith we are often asked to trust God in situations that are scary and can cause us to wonder and doubt.  We are wired to want to know everything and when something in front of us is the shadows, half-hidden from us, we start to worry, Is it safe?  Do we need to fear? Maybe we did something wrong?  What if we didn’t do something we were supposed to do?  On and on the cycle goes if we don’t stop it.

Sometimes God calls to put something dear to us on the altar– He asks us to be willing to sacrifice one thing for something else we may not even know about yet.  Every time God has asked me to sacrifice something or someone I have wanted to balk.  I have worried that maybe He doesn’t know best after all.  In the end, after prayer, conversation with trusted counsel, and reflection on His faithfulness in the past I do choose to put the item/person on the proverbial altar.  Only rarely has God asked me to leave it there.

Every time I have left it there it has been to open my hands to something even better.  But still I struggle.

As the days come closer for us to officially own the house we have prayed for and wanted for years, we have had some hiccoughs with little things.  Nothing that screams “run away as fast as you can!!” but each time makes us pause.  Is this house something to put on the altar?

God knows best what He has planned for us.  We are called to obedience– not out of fear, but out of reverence– God has always proven that He knows best.  He will not fail us.  Just as He did not fail to provide for Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22, He will provide all that we need and more than we could have ever imagined.

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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