He has been inviting me on a journey all along…
It finally feels like Fall here. The air is crisp and chilly, and even though I live in the desert where the leaves don’t change colors and fall, a couple of days ago I had an image in my mind for much of the day of a narrow, well-worn dirt path nestled between lush trees in various hues of red, orange, and yellow. And as I looked at this scene, I sensed God whispering into my heart, beckoning me to go on an adventure with Him.
I am pleasantly surprised by the prospect. I wasn’t expecting this, although I know I should have been as I look back over the past months of this year. He has been inviting me on a journey all along, but because of painful circumstances months prior, I had been unwilling to go on it with Him. The events that shrouded the beginning of this year made me fearful and doubtful, and they made me question if I could trust God’s goodness fully. These thoughts began a personal tug-of-war with God with my fists clenched tightly around any semblance of control I had left and tugging for more.
Much of this year has been spent that way, with more circumstances arising to show me how little control I have. And yet I have tried to hold onto and control whatever little thing I could despite it all.
But God has been so patient with me. He has continued to speak to me through books and Bible studies I have been reading of women who have been on their own spiritual journeys much longer than I have, and He has been reminding me of the life He has intended for me all along—one filled with His Spirit and overflowing with abundance. And so today He has extended the invitation once again, whispering it deeply into my soul. Will you go on an adventure with Me?
Although I have waited so long to respond, the invitation is still the same, with only perhaps a change in scenery to allow for this season (most literally) in which I find myself.
I could see a few leaves fall lazily to the ground in my mind as I pondered the image of that day once again. Although it was a cloudy, chilly mid-afternoon in my thoughts, there was something so cozy about the beginning of this journey. Perhaps it was the warmth I felt as I waited in anticipation for what was ahead. But even more so, it must have been knowing that the LORD had gone before me and was going with me. He had prepared this journey for me to the very last detail, and He would take delight in showing me what all He had in store for me. After all,
“No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.”I Corinthians 2:9 ESV
As I begin this adventure, I have decided to “take along” this blog with me. Recently I was reading in my Bible study about how important it is to remember what God has done for us throughout our lives. This blog is my monument—my way of remembering what God has done for me as I look back on what I’ve written here in the years to come. I can’t be certain what all this blog will entail, but I look forward to discovering what all God has in store and eagerly await to share the insights and events this adventure holds for me right here. This will be my monument of praise to the very One who is orchestrating all that is to come.