Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 5, 2016

Before GPS

aug 5“Leave your country and your people,” God said, “and go to the land I will show you.”  Acts 7:3  (NIV)

Long before MapQuest, GPS…and those old-timey paper maps from days gone past, if someone wanted to travel, they set their course in the “general direction” of their destination and made adjustments along the way.  Although using a GPS sounds much more appealing to my taste, the concept of traveling in a “general direction” actually seems more in line with the way God leads.

Think about it…when was the last time God provided a travel itinerary which mapped out the exact roads, turns and distance between travel points?   No, God seems to employ the more cryptic method of assigning a “general direction” and then inviting us to travel by faith.

In fact, this seems very much like the experience of Mother Teresa as revealed in the book, Come Be My Light.  This book, which records decades of her writings and correspondence, reveals the pain she often felt because God was strangely silent and absent throughout seasons of her ministry.  While I certainly cannot relate to her remarkable experiences, I can relate to the  notion of “wanting a bit more God” in the everyday moments of my life. But, the reality is that God often calls us to walk by faith in the direction of a promise or a destination because He wants to do something miraculous in our lives.

As in the life of Abraham, who was called to leave home and “go to the land I will show you,” God may never provide a clear and specific itinerary for our lives.  But, we can trust that He will carry us as we carry out that which we have been called to in faith!

“Lord, grant us the faith to trust You, even when we do not see the path ahead or hear Your voice in the moment.”

For His Glory

Claudia Dempsey
TRBC Women’s Life



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