Uncharted Territory

Thank you, Glenna Salsbury, for sharing your heart with us so eloquently at our LIFT meeting on September 13.  And what a delight it was that you chose to spend your birthday with us!  Many blessings, Glenna.Balloons and Lavender Field

The topic of our day was “Following the Holy Spirit Into Uncharted Territory.”  Here’s a reprint of a devotional we shared with those in attendance.

UNCHARTED TERRITORY

“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”  Hebrews 11:8

Oh, Lord, thank You for the inspiring examples of faith that You have revealed in Your Word.  Of Abraham, who left home and country to follow You to a new land—without the benefit of maps or charts, or even a known destination.

Of Moses, who led the Israelites into the desert in obedience to Your instructions, trusting You to show the way.  And Joshua, who faced the enemies in a new land and obeyed Your specific directions—marching faithfully around Jericho even though it could not have made logical sense to him.

You even set the example Yourself, leaving Your place of privilege and honor in Heaven to become a man.  King of the Universe, yet choosing to experience the vulnerability of human life—for us.  Walking into the unknown to show us how it’s done.

And now, Lord, You call me, too, to walk in faith and obedience with You—into new and unfamiliar places.  I know it’s not just me, but each one of us who claim You as Lord.  You have made it so easy for us. . . .  At least it seems like it should be easy.

You bless us with the precious gift of Your presence—the Holy Spirit living inside us to guide and counsel and teach us Your ways.

You promise to hold us by the hand—and that we will never fall, even if we stumble on occasion, because You are holding us up.  You promise to direct our steps and show us the path if we will only trust You.

So why do I find it so difficult to follow You into uncharted territory, Lord?  Why do I keep insisting on knowing the way, seeing where the path goes before I can follow it?  Why do I think I need a map?

The truth is—I don’t.  Thank You, Lord, for reminding me of Your faithfulness.  You already know the way.  You are in control.  You are with me and for me.

In obedience and faith I place my hand in Yours yet again, Lord.  I’m ready to go forward—with You.

The Gate of the Year, by Minnie Haskins 1908

“I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year
‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’

And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!’ . . .”

(Devotional by Deborah Barber)

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