I don’t like flying…
The morning when God told me to go visit my Mom by myself for a few months I was blindsided. It was the end of June 2015. I remember in my quiet time that the Lord spoke very clearly to my heart. I was planning on seeing my Mom with my husband in September as she was turning 80 and we were having a party for her and my Son who was turning 30. We already had the tickets booked to go.
My response to the Lord was, “Yes, Lord, I’m going in September, it’s only a few months away.” The Holy Spirit clearly spoke up saying, “I want “you” to book another flight, get on the international flight from Mexico to PA by yourself and visit your Mom! I’m here with you, you will be okay, I will walk with you but you are to go NOW.” The voice wasn’t audible or anything, but I knew in my spirit that I better follow through with what God was saying.
I’ve never flown by myself…
Tucked into Hebrews 11:6 in the first part of the verse it says, and without faith it is impossible to please God! God isn’t pleased if we aren’t trusting Him.
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Putting our two feet forward and stepping into the unknown with our Jesus, that’s faith, and it pleases Him!”
If I can be honest, I don’t always hear the Lord speak to me like that. Or maybe I do and dismiss it for my own plan. It was very clear that morning. I knew what I had to do. I cleared my schedule right away.
A few days later my husband kissed me goodbye and I was off into the skies by myself. It’s amazing when we step into His plan that a peace just floods our hearts. Everything went smoothly as the Lord said. My fears and doubts melted away!
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13
If you are His child then when He calls you to do something He gives you the desire and the power to follow through no matter how hard it feels to you. This is what pleases Him. We all have fears and doubts that can surround our thoughts an hearts. Your fear and doubts look different than mine but they can be so real.
Our Jesus says, “Take my hand, I’ll lead the way into the unknown, you can always trust in my plan because I love you. I work all things for good and this will bring me glory.”
Ten days into my visit with my Mom His will began to unfold and the unknown was revealed. To shorten the story, my Mom ended up having a deep vein blood clot. The day she had her episode no one was home, I was the only one there to assist her. I don’t like to ever assume things but if I wasn’t there with her I don’t know how the story would have ended. Only God knows…
For the next three months I was able to care for my Mom, be at her side, assist with her therapy and speak about how faithful our God is. I would have missed all of that had I not listened to the Lord. Sure, I could have gotten a ticket after the news but it wouldn’t have been the same or shown the Lord’s glory. God wanted me to be obedient — to step out and to share with others what He was telling me to do. It didn’t make sense to others, but then it did! God was revealed to them.
God speaks to us all differently. My encounter may look different than yours. But He does speak to his children today. He is there to instruct us, teach us and to counsel us. He does all of this with His loving eye on us guiding us into the unknown. We have to be willing to listen…
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8
God can display His glory any way He chooses. He likes to use His children in the process. We have to get to a place that we follow the Lord’s will and not our own. We can talk ourselves out of anything and come up with all the excuses we want. I could have talked my way out of going to see my Mom early.
Begin today to trust in the Lords plans. Your fears and doubts will fade when you take a leap of faith and trust in His beautiful plan. It won’t always be easy or comfortable and at times it may be unpleasant but there are treasures to be found only when we step out in Faith. He’s waiting for you to surrender to His will…
What do you need to surrender to the Lord today? Is He calling you to something?
Father, I pray for my friends and myself to have a faith so trusting that nothing will stop us from following your will. We know that pleases you. Help us not to shrink back in fear and doubts or listen to lies from the enemy. We know that you have your loving eye on us and everything you have for us is good and perfect. We want a strong faith, one that doesn’t waiver. Thank you for teaching and instructing us. Help us to be still and listen and then we can hear from you! In Jesus name, Amen