As this thought has been on my heart this week, I can’t help but thank God for his faithfulness. There truly is none like Him.
For what seems like eternity, I have been walking around in circles in a certain wilderness. It has taken so much from me. I’ve had to learn to navigate through things I didn’t even want to accept were happening to me. Ive felt things I never wanted to feel. I’ve realized things I never wanted to know. My ignorant bliss was stripped away in soooo many areas of my life. My heart was tested on so many levels. I have been like the children of Israel roaming through the desert constantly telling God I didn’t want what He was giving me. I’ve been desperate so many days. I’ve suffered crushing blows, had set backs, been blindsided, felt the sting of betrayal. I’ve had so many days where I didn’t know how I was going to make it for one more minute. Just when it would seem like I was getting close, my promised land moved further and further away. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve thought to my self, “it’s never going to happen for me, I’ll never make it to my promised land.” And “God I did what you told me to, and it’s just getting worse!”. I have been in survival mode for more years than I care to reveal. It’s been so long in fact, that I forgot how to function outside of just simply trying to survive.
Any of this sound familiar?
How long have you been in your wilderness wandering around in survival mode?
If your reading this, I believe the answer to that question is “long enough”.
It’s time child. It’s time to walk out of your wilderness.
God is calling you out, and into your promised land.
He’s calling me out of my wilderness. It doesn’t even seem real. I prayed to make it to this day so many times that I can’t believe it’s actually here. It’s wonderful and terrifying at the same time. All that preparation was for now. I’ve got to reset my mind from “simply survive” to “thrive”. Let me tell you. It’s a process. I catch my self looking at my promised land like Caleb some days, ready to just run in and take it! And then other days I start looking like the crowd who was saying “we can’t handle that! That can’t be ours!” But every day I keep walking towards it anyway. I keep walking in the steps the Lord has ordered for me. The steps that lead me out of the wilderness that has been my home for so many years.
So what’s worse, being scared to get uncomfortable and walk out of that place of survival, or staying there forever? I don’t want to stay there a second longer than I have to. It put me in positions I never wanted to be in. But I made it! God was faithful to lead me through! It took waaaay longer than I would have imagined. But now I see a glimpse into why it’s the perfect time. Doesn’t God just always work perfectly that way?
I would much rather live my life uncomfortable getting used to the promised land, than uncomfortable in the testing of the wilderness.
Will I face another wilderness in my life? Absolutely. But as for this one, I’m walking out. Won’t you walk out of yours with me?
Follow the Lord today child, follow Him right out of your wilderness and into the promised land. Stop surviving and learn how to thrive in the blessings of the Lord.
“Look, I have set the land before you; go in and take possession of the land which the LORD swore (solemnly promised) to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them and to their descendants after them.’”
Deuteronomy 1:8 AMP
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