“Go to the land that I will show you.” This is what God said to Abram after his dad died at the end of Genesis 11. This was kind of like a fresh beginning for Abram, in Genesis 12. I find it interesting that God didn’t give Abram a boatload of information: where to go, when to leave, length of the journey to note the needed provisions, etc.
For many of us, we like to have lots of details in place & resolved before we get moving. For example, when I travel, I have my travel size liquids in the quart size ziplock, I check into my flight 24hours in advance so I can get my seat preference & I start thinking about how I’ll get myself to the airport to catch my flight. I don’t usually follow the “go & show” strategy.
But this is exactly what God said to Abram & he did it. Let’s be careful not to qualify our obedience to God based on having everything ironed out before we make a step. Be sure to pick up my new book In Step to help you walk with the Holy Spirit!
Next time I decide to write a blog about waiting, I’ll certainly take a few minutes to reconsider. Yesterday morning, I wrote this lovely blog about the benefits of waiting. Little did I know that I’d be waiting for three hours for a delayed flight. Yesterday, I was forced to live in the “benefits” about which I wrote – easier said than done.
Sometimes we have “go seasons” where the waiting is over. These seasons can also be tricky to navigate for various reasons:
we’ve adjusted to “waiting” so “going” kind of upsets the applecart,
going can mean shifting into something unknown & for some folk that’s scary,
going requires more energy than waiting
Let’s be careful that we don’t use the idea of waiting as an excuse for procrastinating. Let’s be careful that we don’t let fear keep us stalled in a waiting mode. Let’s be careful that we don’t use waiting as a justification for being disobedient to something God has told us to do.
There are waiting seasons & there are going seasons. The key thing is to stay in step with the Holy Spirit in every moment!
My dad died a few years ago & almost everyday I continue to enjoy his generosity because he gave me his car when he was no longer able to drive. This car is generally reliable & super safe so I’m thinking that my daughter might acquire it when she’s able to drive. My dads generosity has kept me going & moving forward for much of my life.
This has made me think about my Heavenly Father, who helps me everyday to make progress & move forward, in all kinds of ways. My Heavenly Father helps me:
when I get scared, want to hunker down & stop moving
to move forward with wisdom & not just reaction
with decisions that lead to progress rather than stagnation
in taking steps of all sizes, reminding me that you can’t steer a parked car
How would your Heavenly Father help you today to move forward, go someplace & make progress?
Consider that the Holy Spirit, our Heavenly Help, helps us know that we are children of or Heavenly Father – Rom 8:16 🙂
At the beginning of Feb, I slipped on the snow as I was walking home from my neighbor’s house & I banged up my ankle really bad. I don’t consider myself to be very wimpy but I knew that I had hurt myself pretty bad – like having to crawl instead of walking bad. After xrays, the Dr said it was just a bad sprain & that it would take time to heal. When she said “time”, my mind translated this to mean a few days or maybe 2 weeks, because that’s a LONG time! Now that we’re almost 2 MONTHS later, I’m still having some challenges.
But here’s the good news & this is where I want to encourage you: even though I didn’t go very far nor fast, I ran outside yesterday & my ankle did pretty well. Afterwards, I was talking w a friend & we encouraged each other that a little bit is better than nothing. This idea about “a little bit” has huge value in LOTS of areas of our lives:
a little bit of forgiveness is moving in the right direction
a little bit of patience can be more constructive than impatience
a little bit of exercise can help to set us up to do a little more
a little bit of genuine love has immeasurable power to transform
When we start with nothing, a little bit can help us to get moving in the right direction 🙂
I was reading a few days about in Exodus about God’s instructions to Moses for the Passover. What stood out to me was how God was very clear that this meal was to be eaten quickly and in a state of readiness. They were supposed to have their traveling clothes on, bags packed, the bread was unleavened (so no rising time was necessary), all with the intent of getting out of Egypt quickly. Indeed, the very purpose of the meal was to give them fuel for their journey.
This was interesting to me because I tend to like to linger and chat over meals. I like that a meal can be a means through which relationships can deepen. But in the case of the Passover meal, it wasn’t for relationship purposes. There are times that God wants us to get moving, stop stalling & quit lingering. Some seasons are for relationship development and some seasons are for moving forward. Many times, we don’t know beyond one step at a time, what God has down the road. But we must be careful to be obedient to the next step. 🙂