Into the Unknown. We’ve been in a series at my church for a couple months now with that title. It seemed like a long series, but it had come at the perfect time for me, as usual. I wrote a blog post back in August about being afraid of what we can’t see and trusting God in those spaces. Little did I know I would still be in the middle of it 5 months later! But there is so much beauty in releasing control and just letting God lead. As scary as it is, it can be nice to not feel like everything turning out well is up to us.
What does it mean to follow the Lord into the unknown? It makes me think of 2 Corinthians 5:7, we are called to walk by faith and not by sight; when we can’t see what we are walking into, we have to rely completely on the one leading us! God’s ways don’t always make sense to us, in fact they most often don’t. God knows so much we don’t know and He can make a plan with the bigger picture that we can’t see. And when we accept His invitation to walk with Him, it’s also promised that He remains with us.
To make a long story short…I moved away for college and felt God calling me to stay in Arizona. As I committed to that and trusted Him with everything, God called me back to Boise a year later. About 6 months into living back at home and visiting different parts of the East Coast, I felt God calling me to move there. But that’s a lot easier said than done.
Since last summer, I’ve prayed every day about what God really meant when He asked me to move across the country from my entire family. And He continues to teach me every day what it means to truly follow Him, wherever! We got into this series at my church that is all about this exact thing and I’ve been so encouraged. The Lord keeps reminding me with stories like that of Moses, Joseph, Elijah, and the disciples! And so many more. The Word is filled with examples of people doing ridiculous things like leaving family to follow Jesus.
Today I am letting God lead as I ask, “When, God?” “Where, God?” “Why, God?”. “Summer.” “South Carolina.” “…” still waiting on an answer for that last one. He works in such crazy ways and to see it in hindsight will be amazing.
But it isn’t all easy, following Jesus. There is criticism, there is misunderstanding, and there is disagreement. Have you ever felt like the most critical people you encounter are other believers? Not constructively, or in a truly heartfelt way, but just straight up critical. Don’t get me wrong, there are the people who ask the tough questions that you know really care for you and want to ensure you’re seeking God’s face through it all. But I’ve encountered some people who just don’t understand it, make fun of it, or don’t take it seriously! And that is okay. I don’t really understand it, either. But I trust my Father and I will go wherever He calls me to go. As He opens the doors, I’ll walk through them.
My prayer for myself and anyone reading this is that we would continue to (or begin to!) follow Him and walk by faith daily. I expect things to not always make sense when it comes to God’s plans for us, and that’s part of the beauty of it all. Trusting Him can be so hard, but He is always faithful. I want to be someone who prayerfully encourages people to go where God leads them, whether it makes sense to me or not! Because following Him is never a bad idea.