From the Window
Up in Big Mama’s high-rise apartment, I recall as just a little kid, peering down at a BIG world. Everything was so intimidating. The people walked quickly, and looked like dots scurrying across the pavement. The City was moving at a fast pace - cars and trucks zooming and passing each other, as if in a race. It was kind of scary down there, and opposite from where I stood. For here in Big Mama’s house, there was no “rush”. It was slow, peaceful and quietly calm.
Big Mama, Mal, and Me
From the window, I felt safe! However, every other morning, my anxieties would come as Big Mama prepared to take us outside. You see, Big Mama’s exercise was to take my sister Mal and me down the elevator to the street (on our way to the country super market). We crossed the busy traffic and I looked up into the faces of those ant-like, fast walking people - now standing like giants. It was frightening being blended into that BIG world, but I stayed close to her and she held my hand tight. Every once in a while, I would peer over my shoulder to look up high for the window I left behind – always amazed that we had come so far. After returning safely to the apartment, I played a game in my head. I would return to the window and say, “I was there… and there… and WAY over there!"
God, Abraham, and Sarah A call from God is a beacon to the heart. It’s a call to go there… and there… and sometimes WAY over there. It’s a call to move from peering out of our safe windows to walking in the midst of the unknown.
The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse. And all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:1-3).
Abraham had to be excited to hear such an awesome promise. What an honor to hear the voice of the Creator of the Universe. It was a supernatural overwhelming moment to experience Jehovah God calling you out and having a plan that included you and yours – a plan that would ultimately affect the whole earth. He and Sarah were presented the opportunity to walk through the unknown “there” places.
God, You, and Me
We are given the same choice. We may not have the same assignment, but we do have the same identical choice to press beyond our fears and obey His call. Just like Abraham, we first embrace the glory of Him revealing His plan for us, but then we face the opportunity of walking it all out.
Often, we only have God’s voice and initial instructions as our anchor. Unfortunately, He does not give us many details and continual reinforcement. How wonderful it would be to wake up every morning with His audible voice echoing like an alarm clock, giving you a fresh message with even more details. Not So! By His Spirit we remember what He said, and we are encouraged to walk out what we have already heard.
From Safe Windows
Like Abraham and Sarah, His destinies for us are exciting, but often intimidating. Not only are the “there” places farther than we’ve ever gone, but the visions are greater than where we presently stand. They are often out of reach, demanding that we STRETCH beyond our safe windows. Most of us make the right decision and decide to leave our comfort place and travel “His path” because our hearts love Him, but still the unknown is scary. One single step-of-faith turns into miles, and then years of travel. We then look back and realize how He strengthens us, one faithful step at a time for the journey. We discover the potential in ourselves. We discover that we can always do much more and go much farther than we originally thought.
Today, remember that every God-given goal is attainable. We can advance and travel to every “place” of destiny. Every impossible thing can be achieved. Every mountain can be climbed and the unimaginable realized. We can do and be anything, if we stay close to Him and allow Him to hold us tight. “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19-20). Amen.
Big Mama is now gone, but a childhood lesson was learned. That no matter where, no matter how far He calls us to go, we’ll arrive – if we don’t quit. “Everything is just intimidating from the window!”