Hey friends. Mimi here. :)
As we’ve been preparing for this next season of “going” ahead, we’ve experienced a range of emotions. We are excited for how the Lord is leading us and simultaneously nervous about all of the unknown ahead. We’ve had our friends and family cheer us on and we’ve also heard the “rational” fears of those closest to us as well, urging us to stay.
In my quiet time the other morning (hardly “quiet” with three little boys around), God opened up a piece of scripture for me, as a reminder and encouragement for the path we are on. I wanted to share that with you in hopes that it would encourage you as well.
Numbers 14 tells the story of when Caleb and Joshua were sent with a group of spies to the Promised Land, to scout it out. When they came back to the people of Israel with their report the majority of the spies said “Go back! They’re too big! It’s too scary! There’s too much danger! We’ll never survive!”
Caleb and Joshua tried to remind the people…. the Lord was with them, He had given this land to them and they could trust Him, no matter how big the enemy seemed.
The people didn’t listen to the truth, instead they listened to logic, to fear and to the masses.
They forgot the call the Lord had placed on their lives, the promise, their inheritance and ALL of the blessing ahead. They said “no” to God because they were too afraid. God didn’t make them obey, He didn’t say “ok, I’ll wait until you are ready,” or strike them down on the spot (though it appears He considered it.)
Instead, he said “Ok, I’m going to re-route you. You are going to spend 40 years wandering aimlessly in the wilderness. Your children will suffer for your faithlessness while you wander and your little ones (who you were so protective of and worried about) THEY will inherit the land. They will see your foolishness in not trusting me, they will realize my promise.”
The people of Israel missed out on so much good, on the land flowing with milk and honey, on the blessings God had prepared for them because they were too afraid.
How easy it would be to decide based on fear, on logic or the mass opinion to keep our children “safe” here in the comfort of our home. How easy it would be to say “no” to all of the unknown, to hold our children tight and try our best to keep them from the dangers and “giants” lurking out there. How easy it would be to miss out on the GOOD that God has prepared for us and cause our children to needlessly suffer, because we are trying to do things our own way.
This concept and this call challenges me every day. I don’t feel super brave or feel like I have it all figured out.
In the midst of any fear and the uncertainty of the future… I choose to remember God’s faithfulness to us. He has never let us down. I choose to listen to that faint whisper of the call I once heard to missions. He continues to stir it up in our hearts in so many ways. I choose to believe that God IS with us, wherever we go. He makes us aware of His sweet presence everyday. I choose to trust that He knows what’s best, He knows what lies ahead, and His purposes are for GOOD. He is Good.
I’m praying that God would continue to solidify this whole-hearted trust in me, and in you as well. You may not be making any major life change right now, but everyday we have opportunities to listen to the world’s “wisdom” or that still, small voice of truth.
We covet your prayers and support as we embark on this new voyage! To journey with us, visit www.belllog.org