John 12:26a NLT
Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am.
In upping sticks and moving, I have to trust that God has gone ahead of me. It was clear to both Jayne and me that our time in Portsmouth was concluding well ahead of our move. We had experienced much. Some successes, many apparent failures. I say failures, yet they still constitute a critical element in our learning together in the walk of faith; that is the way of God. This whole move has strongly reminded me of the fact that what I see and how I see may not be what God sees.
One challenge I found especially difficult was to leave all those experiences behind. I had discovered more about myself than perhaps I ever wanted to through them. They’d both broken me, and then made me. I had learned to reach out and feel for the finger of God, and grasping hold, he had guided me to the place I now found myself in. Yet, even as I felt I’d rediscovered God, he had already moved on.
It’s not that God chooses to abandon you. Rather, God is always calling us on into our future. Experiences are the means at God’s disposal to mould us. As the disciples strained their eyes to make out Jesus upon the storm-tossed waters of Galilee, so we must scan the horizon for the God who loves us, and chooses to mould us for our eternal destiny. Don’t get captivated by all that’s been; press on after God, who is always going ahead to prepare for our arrival, however long we dally in the moments of our lives.
Scripture is set in the context of a journey: God always going ahead of his people. God is never found where he once was; altars might mark the spot of God’s earlier activity, yet offer no guarantee that God remains in such spaces. I have discovered that pilgrimage is the metaphor that best fits the character of the Christian walk. I find this a great encouragement.
QUESTION: Do you feel left behind by God?
PRAYER: Lord, you are the God of liberation, leading your people into freedom and the goodness of your promises. Please lead me there too.