“Teach me to do Your will,
For You are my God;
Your Spirit is good.
Lead me in the land of uprightness.” Psalm 143:10
“and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
Half asleep, half awake, in the middle of the night, desperately needing more asleep but just woken as I so often do in the wee hours of the morning, I said this to the Lord.
“I’m so excited to go to my next destination.”
Immediately the Spirit of God captured my attention. A message! Time to get out of bed and go to the computer!
Me? Excited to move on? To go to my next destination? Without knowing all the details? Without being sure of what would happen? How things would work out? If things would go my way? If it would be easy? And manageable? Without clinging to something or someone where I currently am? Without holding on for dear life to the familiar? To what I know? To be willing to take a leap of faith so big that I could only go to my next destination by faith because sight would not get me there. Flesh would not get me there. Flesh would never make it there.
To have to so put my trust in God I would pack up and go exactly as the Lord wanted me to where He wanted me to when He wanted me to not for me and my satisfaction and comfort but for Him and His glory? Yes, me. Only by God’s grace.
Only because He has so very much changed me over time. Only because I love Him so incredibly much more than anything and anyone self included that I am entirely His and will go to the destinations He sends me whether or not I want to no matter what I will have to forsake to go there. God has brought me to this place. This place of willingness to move on not when I want to, not because I want to, not for something I want for selfish, self-centered reasons, but for HIM.
Sometimes our next destination is as big as moving across the world, marrying, having a baby, starting a new career, letting go of a relationship we’ve been in for years we know is wrong, saying goodbye to an addiction, entering into full-time ministry work, graduating and going into missions work, etc. Sometimes our next destination is as simple – and hard – as drawing our next breath when life is so challenging our next breath is all we feel like we can deal with.
No matter our next destination. this we must do. This we should do. This we were born to do. To go where God is sending us to do what He is sending us to do not to please ourselves though we may well be immeasurably blessed in the process but to bless and please and honor and obey God.
No matter what we have to let go to go to our next destination. Including comfort and familiarity. We go for Jesus. Because when we believe in Him, and follow Him, our lives are not ours. They are His, and His Spirit leads us. And we are to follow Him. Willing to forsake all for Jesus. Because He is and should be and should always be the one to whom we cling, and the one for whom we live.
If you’ve been holding onto where you are knowing full well the Spirit of God is leading you to your next destination, whatever that may be, wherever, with whomever, whenever, etc., FOR CHRIST, it’s time to let go and follow. To follow Jesus.
From breath to breath, from where you are to where He wants to take you, to live for Him, as His Spirit lovingly blessedly leads you forth – with Him, in Him, through Him, for Him, AMEN.