By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8
Have you ever been called to go somewhere like Abraham? Without knowing where you were going?
I used to wonder how that would work now. Because Abraham packed up his entire household and lived “on the road” for years as they journeyed for their unknown destination.
Abraham was homeless.
Not the no-shelter, sleeping-under-a-bridge, carrying-his-belongings-in-a-shopping-cart kind of homelessness. No. But he was definitely without a mortgage. Without a house of his own.
Can you imagine what that would look like in today’s society? I certainly could not. Because God would never ask someone to be homeless in our modern world would He? How would that be possible?
And then, not so very long ago, I found out. God said, “Pack. You’re leaving the first of June.”
We packed. We left. Not knowing where we were going.
Not knowing that we would be led through the biggest trials and hardest years of our life. Not knowing that we would experience homelessness for a time … twice.
To the point of questioning whether we’d really heard God in the first place. Did He really say go? Or did we misunderstand?
The same question that must have been planted in Eve’s mind at the tree. “Did God really say …?”
The question Noah may have had after 100 years of building a boat on dry land. And then being sealed into that dry boat for one week with all the animals brawling and people heckling before the raindrops started.
And Joseph as he was hauled off to Egypt. From favored son to slave.
The question the Israelites asked as the days of wilderness wandering dragged on. And on. And on.
And David in the cave as Saul was hunting him down. Even though God had said David was the chosen one.
And Esther in the palace. Daniel in Babylon. John the Baptist in prison. “God, Did you really mean …?”
So we are all travelers. Going where God leads. ready to go When He says to go.
Because surely if God says to go, then He’s about to do something awesome that will blow everybody away. Like part the Red Sea. And then everyone will see that our God is amazing.
Oh, but wait.
Because that’s really where this going leads. To waiting.
But eventually all of that going and waiting will lead to the promised land. The eternal one. Not Canaan. And maybe not even our land of reprieve here on earth. But most definitely the promise will be fulfilled. Because His promises always are.
And maybe the secret really is that the journey is the destination. That it doesn’t really matter where you’re going, but how you’re going.
Right now, we are all living as strangers and pilgrims on Earth. We are all “homeless”. waiting for our marching orders.
We can expect to wait. We can expect there to be trials. Big ones. But big trials grow big faith.
Because only by waiting in the furnace can you see Jesus face to face. And then He will be most clear to those watching the furnace you are in. When their eyes are taken off of you in the fire, to the one who is like the Son of God who has joined you at such a time as this.
Then your shining light will serve only to magnify Him.
So go where God leads. He’s got this.
For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Move His Way
While we are travelers, we have time to learn how to live the way God wants us to. For health, body and soul. And one day we may be called to help someone else on their journey as well.
In this clip, I’m sharing a “traveling” exercise from the “Go Where God Leads” video workout. It can be done in the car using a seatbelt or elsewhere using an exercise band (as demonstrated). It’s not a huge thing. But something to do while you wait. 😉
Because you were made to move … His way.