Dear Future Goer,
We are people of the promise. We have been grafted into the family of God and we are blessed to be a blessing.
These last two years make me want to change my name to Jacob because I have wrestled with God so much and I have the bruises to show it. I have spent so much time wandering in the wilderness, sometimes quite literally. (Shoutout to you my beloved East Africa.) Yet, at the end of my wandering, I find myself on the edge of the Jordan, anxious because I think "this is it". I am here, where God's promises meet my obedience and wandering soul. When I’ve been hungry, I have tasted the manna of God’s faithfulness. I thought myself dying of thirst, but I was always quenched by grace lavished upon me. Yes, even the unexpected has been for the good. It led to this: an attitude of “YES”.
I could spend hours on the what-ifs and believe I am a failure, or I could send those lies where they belong and acknowledge that nothing is wasted when we give it over to our God. Yes, even the unconventional path that I've walked in the last two years.
Maybe you're reading this and you're currently going through your own wandering as you discern whether you should really step into the land on the other side of the river. I can’t give you a list of what to do. One, I’m not a list kind of gal... two, I don’t want to rob you of the privilege it is to walk with God through the decision. I do have one request for you. Whatever it is, do it with both feet in. When the water seems to be too much and you fear being swept away, trust that God will part the seas for you. Let yourself be consumed with the courage He graciously gives to us, even as we are afraid. Be immersed in His goodness.
I once heard the following words: “Our good and God’s glory are never in competition.”
Did you get that?
God will be glorified in our lives and it will not compete with the good He has for us. Now, "good "will mean something different and does not always seem so obvious to us, but I trust the One who is asking you to step out will clear the way for you.
So future Goer,
Step into the promises and do it with both feet in.