Have you ever gone through a significant move? It’s a decision that will change your future in many ways. Your home, friends, and your church are left behind. You meet new neighbors, familiarize yourself with a new city, and you have to find a new hairstylist that will keep your actual hair color a secret!
In many ways, our spiritual pilgrimage may seem uncertain, but God’s destination is always the same, trust. You can live your spiritual pilgrimage with confidence.
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My Pilgrimage to the Desert
A few years ago, when my family and I moved from California to Las Vegas, it was a big deal. Not only did we move, but my daughter and (at the time) baby granddaughter moved with us. We had boxes galore that filled two twenty-six-foot moving trucks.
The day we moved it rained. I drove my Jeep with a huge cargo bag strapped to the roof that my husband meticulously packed. Vince spent three hours going up and down a step stool to stuff and rearrange a portable crib, luggage, dog bed, and an assortment of “must-have” items.
When Plans are Delayed
Our plan was to drive six hours to Bakersfield, stay overnight, and then drive the remaining five hours the next morning. We didn’t expect an unrelenting downpour. The rain caused multiple fender benders, and we were in the middle of bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Eight hours later, my daughter and I, and a very cranky baby reached Merced. Merced was only four hours from Redding! It took us eight hours!
We decided to stay in Merced, but my husband was still an hour behind. Can you guess who had to unload the cargo bag? I couldn’t even reach the cargo bag! Height is not one of my attributes.
I don’t know if you’re like me, but when I’m tired and vulnerable, I question God’s direction, Lord was this Your plan?
No More Fear Minion
The big and the unfamiliar can seem scary especially for me. I’m a recovering fear minion. Yeah, minion! You know those little yellow animated characters that feel compelled to follow an evil ruler. I have the height for it, but I no longer have the heart for it. Fear is an evil ruler.
As I contemplated how I would scale the Jeep and unpack, one of the valet attendants came over and asked if I needed help. I explained my situation, and the young man answered with a thick Spanish accent, “Miss, no worry. I bring to you.”
I was so relieved and thankful. God must have sent an angel to help me. I asked him, “What is your name.”
“Jesús,” he responded.
No way, I thought. I couldn’t believe it. I had to call my husband and tell him Jesus unpacked the Jeep.
It’s all a matter of trust—isn’t it.
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Live Your Spiritual Pilgrimage with Confidence
Sometimes, our spiritual pilgrimage can seem big and scary, because God will often “supersize” our journey. Can we expect anything less? God’s direction is perfect, but we often don’t understand heaven’s GPS.
”Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! For who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back? For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.”
Romans 11: 33-36 New Living Translation
We find ourselves in the pages of the Bible because it’s filled with remarkable stories about ordinary people like you and me. They question God’s leading, but they choose to trust. We can relate to people like in Moses, Esther, and even Paul who struggled with an inner war. Every day we’re tested, but God’s question is always the same, “Do you trust me?”
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Entrust Your Future to God
My prayer for us is to have the confidence of Joshua and Caleb. God had delivered Israel from Egypt and promised them a home, but they couldn’t trust God. Israel feared the inhabitants of Canaan and delayed their inheritance. Joshua and Caleb trusted God for the possession of Canaan. Eventually, faith moved forward to lead God’s people into the Promised Land.
Where is God leading you? Is it big and unfamiliar? Live your spiritual pilgrimage with confidence by entrusting your future to God. Take heart and cross over to your spiritual destination. You never know who you’ll bring along.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.