Some of the best trips I’ve been on have been those where I don’t know the final destination. How can you go somewhere if you don’t know where you’re going? Simple, you trust the one you’re following.
My first trip to Peru was over eight years ago. All I knew was that I had to book my flight to Lima. Everything after that would be taken care of. My arrival in Lima wasn’t the end of the line, though. From there, I ended up in Iquitos, and from there, Santa Clotilde – a small village on the Rio Napo (a tributary of the Amazon River) that took over two days by boat to get to.
That trip changed my life. Had I refused to go anywhere without knowing my final destination, I would never have experienced those first sights, sounds, and smells of Iquitos that I came to love instantly. I would never have met the wonderful pastors at Iglesia Ciudad de Dios in Iquitos. I never would have had the challenge and joy of decorating a wedding cake on a boat on a river in the middle of the jungle so that many couples could experience the joy and blessing of a church wedding. If I’d stopped in Lima, I wouldn’t have gone back four more times in the several years that followed.
Then the Lord told Abram, “Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you.”
Genesis 12:1 (NLT)
God simply told Abram to leave. Go. Pick up everything. Get a move on, then I’ll let you know where you’re supposed to be. Without obeying the first part of the command, Abram never would have experienced the latter.
“I will cause you to become the father of a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and I will make you a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.”
Genesis 12:2-3 (NLT)
Maybe it’s time to stop waiting to find out your final destination and just start moving. God will give you direction even if He may not offer much more at first. He’s just looking for the first step.
So why not leave?
Daily Bible reading: Genesis 12-14, Matthew 5:1-26