When our boys were young, my husband, Andrew, would often take us on a drive. We could be headed to the store for the usual weekly items or it could be to check out a cool science supply store in another town. Most of the time he was the only one who knew the destination. In some ways, it was an exercise of trust and faith that we were safe in his care. We have faced the same choice with God. Do we trust Him to have our welfare in His capable hands as we headed toward a new destination? Many times Andrew and I heard the Holy Spirit whisper to follow, but we didn’t know where the journey would end. It became the ultimate Faith stretching exercise.
I wrote about my marriage yesterday in the post there is love , but one of the things I didn’t mention was about our family prayer. After the unity candle was lit, Andrew and I walked around the altar and our parents came and stood behind their new son or daughter in-law. Our pastor then prayed over Andrew and me as we entered our marriage. We didn’t have jobs, we didn’t have a place to live, we were stepping out completely in faith, trusting God to lead us forward. Within two weeks Andrew had a job, we had an apartment the week after that, and I had a job the following week. It was an incredible answer to prayer.
Again and again, we’ve seen God lead us when we didn’t have an idea where we were going. I could tell story after story of how stepping out in faith strengthened our belief in God, driving it deeper and deeper to the very bedrock. But I couldn’t tell you what God was doing behind the scenes as we put one step in front of the other.
We aren’t the only ones invited to a life unrealized or imagined. The disciples were called to follow Jesus, never thinking of what the outcome would be years later. They just knew it was time to follow, so they did. (See Matthew 4:19, Mark 1:17). Some of the people didn’t respond to the invitation, like the young ruler (Mark 10:17, Luke 18:22, Matthew 19:21); how much did they regret later in life?
Abraham was told in Genesis 12:1, The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Abraham left and followed God to a new country that would one day be the Promised Land of Israel.
The Lord told the Israelites to cross the Jordan River during the spring floods to enter the Promised Land. When the priests led the way (in faith) into the raging waters, the waters subsided and the entire population crossed over on dry land. But that wasn’t all, God knew they were fickle people, so He commanded them to build a reminder.
When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan, from right where the priests are standing, and carry them over with you and put them down at the place where you stay tonight.”
So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the Lord your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever” (Joshua 4:1-7).
Dear Ones, when we choose to go on the mystery tour and follow God when He is the only holding map– we are grown in our faith, our relationship with Jesus, and with our grown faith we can encourage others to trust in Him all the more. Is it time for you to put on your shoes and follow Him? You will never be sorry to go with Him. Not once.