Whatever is going on in my life, the world, or in the lives of those around me typically makes up for the varying content of my prayers. It’s also important to me to make time to go beyond what’s temporal and on the surface by praying for God to show me what I can do for Him. Asking Him to make it clear to me how my life and actions can bring glory to His name. Years ago the theme of such prayers was that I would go wherever God told me to go. I would repeatedly commit to being willing to do whatever He told me to do, go wherever He told me to go, and say whatever He wanted me to say.
This confession, if you will, certainly opened up some interesting doors in my life and sent me to some very unlikely places. My experiences and my adventures are not necessarily what this is about. Recently I asked a question (to myself because I often talk to myself. Don’t judge me, I heard it’s only strange if you answer back), “I wonder how many times Abraham moved before He got to the Promised Land?” Or more importantly, “How many stops did it take for him to get there?” Anyone who knows me has heard my story of how Abraham departing from his homeland, family, friends and life, as he knows it, to go follow God was a major inspiration for my move from Michigan to Florida.
I’m sure Abraham had no idea what he was getting into following God like that. I often wonder why God didn’t make it easier for the one who was later named His “friend.” (2 Chron. 20:7; Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23) So I went on a brief search for just how many stops he made. It was something like 17 or 18 stops until He finally reached the place that God lured Him out of His comfort zone with. When I thought about how many geographic moves I’ve made, and how many theoretical moves I’ve made, I realized this is what it takes to go wherever God leads.
Flowing, moving water is this life giving, life sustaining force, whereas stagnant water is a rancid pool of death. Okay that was kind of morbid, but you get my point. If we aren’t moving, we aren’t living. I don’t just mean physical locations, but also growing in our mindsets, knowledge and understanding of the things of God, experiences, and how we treat people. To me all of those things involve “moving” as well. Abraham’s name was made great, we are a part of his descendants and he was regarding as God Almighty’s friend! It’s worth it to move. It’s worth it to be sensitive enough to God’s leading and allowing Him to show us what’s next. What are you waiting for? Go!
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