God said, “You have circled this mountain long enough, it’s time to turn North!” Deuteronomy 2:3
In the last blog, “It’s Time to Turn North,” we learned how we need to stop walking and be still. Yes, it can seem like a very difficult, unobtainable task, but truth be told we can do it! It is a will to say, “I am just not doing it any more!” What then do we do after we make this decision to stop walking? Just sit, then sit some more?
Deuteronomy 2:7 says, “The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey though this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you and you have not lacked anything.”
As we start a new journey, stopping, turning north, then walking onto a new path, it can be downright scary, if I am just wide open and completely honest. When I have to pick up my high heel wearing feet and place them onto a new piece of ground and explore a new territory, I often would rather retreat like a poodle with her tail tucked. I look at this new piece of land and think to myself, will it hold me or will my heels sink deep into the ground getting stuck, like after a rain with a soggy ground. Friends, can I just say, when we start to walk a new path, we don’t know if we will sink or stand if we look at our own abilities and we rely on our own strength. However, if we can yield our will, our might and our strength, to the One who is all knowing, all powerful, always present – then we can walk assured that our high heel wearing feet won’t cause us to trip, stumble or sink.
These bouts of fear, along with its friend worry and doubt, love to come along for the walk, especially when we decide to take a new path. See, when I stop circling, “Mt. Insecurity or Mt. _______________,” well, then I may not know who I really am. The mountain has been part of my identity for years. Michelle was weak. Michelle wasn’t really special to anyone. Michelle would not amount to anything. Michelle saw it pointless to exist. When Michelle stepped off the circling path because she was tired of getting the same results, well then, she had to TURN HER BACK to the mountain and look towards a new territory, one she had not traveled. That will get any boot wearing chick to shake in her knees. It was amazing how I struggled knowing that I needed to turn my back to the mountain, yet, I did not want to give up the familiarity of the mountain, because it had become a a comfortable part of my life.
How do you do it then? You Remember God is with you! Deuteronomy 2:7 reminds us that God has blessed us, that even while we circled the mountain, God blessed us. He watched over us. He provided for us. We didn’t lack anything. Even while off the path to get to our destination, God blessed us. He didn’t forsake us and did not leave us. The Israelites are a great example of this. This group of people that had a less than 2 week travel time to get to the land God intended for them to possess only took a mere 40 years! However, the entire way, God was there!
- The Israelites wanted water, God had Moses strike a rock and out came water. (Exodus 17:6)
- The Israelites grumbled for food, they were hungry, so God rained manna from Heaven. (Exodus 16:4)
- The Israelites complained that they had no meat, God sent quail to the camp. (Exodus 16:3)
The Israelites were very quick to remember the comforts of the slavery that they had endured; yet, easily forgot all the ways that God had provided since they departed Egypt. While being beaten, brutally worked in Egypt – they at least had the comforts of good tasting food! Why do we so quickly settle for what is comfortable, instead of going through some hard work, overcome a fear of traveling down a different road and then inheriting the land that was intended for us! Life is about choices. We can choose to keep doing what we have always done or we can make the choice to turn our backs and walk onto a new path. Yes, the comforts of the past land may not travel along in our knapsack, but wait till we get to the new land and see how much better the provisions are waiting. We have got to step over this river of what ifs and allow God to part the waters for us – it is his desire for us to fulfill our purpose in life, to establish ourselves in the boundaries that have been drawn for us by him (Psalm 16:6), so that GLORY GOES TO GOD!
Friends, the Bible tells me that God even provides for the birds.
“Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable then they?” Matthew 6:26
God wants you to possess the best for your life. He has already drawn the boundary lines and has a beautiful inheritance waiting for you!
“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6
Will you join me and turn your back on the mountain and take your flip flop wearing, painted toe nail feet and walk a new path and as you go, remember, all that God is providing for you along the way ! He has the lines drawn, the boundary set waiting for you to take possession of the land. Girlfriend, what are you waiting for… let us get to that land!