I currently walk in the blind. I’m a planner, through and through. Surprises around every corner are not my cup of tea; however, today I’m ok in the blind. I step out on faith on a pathway I cannot see and I just move. I wake up every morning, wipe the sleep from my tired eyes, offer a prayer of thanksgiving, spiritually arm myself for the day, and then my feet hit the floor. Do I know where I am going that day? Nope. Do I know what I will be doing? Uh uh. Do I know what the day is going to bring? No idea. To me, that is AWESOME! It forces me out of my head and directly into the will of God. As soon as my feet hit the floor, I am on a mission for HIM!! My only requirements for getting through the day? That is a good question, and the Bible provides a solid answer.
Galatians 5:22-25 (NIV) – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Is this always easy? NO WAY. But it’s definitely worth the effort.
Abraham did not know where he was going. God called him in his old age and told him to move and then God gave Abraham a promise that took decades to come to fruition. He was called a friend of God, the only man in Old Testament to be called God’s friend. Why? Because he did what he was told…in the blind. (Thank you Pastor Charlie for that piece of the puzzle!)
Genesis 12: 1-4 (NIV) – The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran.
What a promise! And all the man had to do was what he could do in any given day. There was nothing around Abraham that would offer him solid proof that the voice he heard was the voice of Truth. There was nothing about him that made him special. He was by the world’s comparison a random nobody from the middle of nowhere, but God chose him anyway.
So many times I count myself out but God calls me to make a decision to believe in the impossible. He calls me to walk, even blind, toward the glimmer on the horizon which symbolizes hope. He calls me to go straight ahead and fix my eyes on the things unseen.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) – So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
It is a daily struggle for this control freak to live in the moment and trust, then another moment, then another. Eventually, those moments of complete surrender, trust, and obedience will get me to my destiny. So, like Abraham, I believe, I walk, and I move toward the promise.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV) – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For the JOY set before Him! Powerful!!! I may not know the who, the where, the how, or the when, but I sure do know my WHY!! Where am I going today? Into the center of the will of God!