TAKE THE FIRST STEP!
So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. Genesis 22:3
I am a worrier. I admit it. I obsess over things from every angle, especially in the night, and work myself up into a crisis. So when God is clearly leading me down a path of pain, a path of difficult obedience, my history has been this ~ I have tried to take in the whole journey and everything I will experience along the way, and then I end up declaring that it’s all too much. I can’t do it. It’s overwhelming. Such were the laments of a woman who needed wisdom.
Abraham knew the ultimate test that awaited him at the top of Mt. Moriah. Isaac would be sacrificed. There were many steps before placing his son on the altar, beginning with making preparations for the trip. He took the first step by saddling his donkey, getting his team together for the trip, cutting the wood, and saying goodbye to Sarah.
God gives daily manna. Not enough for the week or the month. I can’t collect enough wisdom and grace to last the breadth of a journey; only what I need today. For today’s challenges, the wind of the Spirit will blow across my path and strengthen me. I will find coping resources outside of myself as God faithfully infuses me with the faith of His Son, Jesus.
What has God told you to do? Like Jonah, are you running because you are considering the breadth of your entire faith pilgrimage? Dear daughter of God, it is too much. You cannot carry the load of all your tomorrows. Take the first step. What is it? Then, harness your mind against thoughts of the future. This is the recipe for the way of the cross.
Oh Lord, I breathe deeply of You. I’m packing my bags for the journey. Amen
Journal Question: Imagine this. Your child tells you on the first day of school that he can’t handle the final exams next June. He’s having nightmares about them and wants to quit school. Write out what your advice would be. Can you hear God speaking to you about your own faith journey?