The early American Indians had a unique practice of training young braves.
On the night of a boy’s thirteenth birthday, after learning hunting, scouting, and fishing skills, he was put to one final test.He was placed in a dense forest to spend the entire night alone.
Until then, he had never been away from the security of the family and tribe. But on this night, he was blindfolded and taken several miles away.
When he took off the blindfold, he was in the middle of a thick woods, and he was terrified. Every time a twig snapped, he visualized a wild animal ready to pounce.
After what seemed like an eternity, dawn broke and the first rays of sunlight entered the interior of the forest. Looking around, the boy saw flowers, trees, and the outline of a path.
Then to his utter astonishment, he beheld the figure of a man standing just a few feet away, armed with bow and arrow.
It was his father. He had been there all night long.
Robert J. Morgan, Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations, and Quotes, electronic ed. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000), 298.
“At the end of the day, honoring God leads to good things. Anything else leads to confusion, emotional exhaustion and a lack of good things.” – Lysa TerKeurst
As I have said before, for years now God usually wakes me up with a certain song or verse playing in my head, which is meant to guide me in some way.
This morning the line was “Your on the verge of a miracle.”
This is an encouragement, as I am in need of one.
God had me tell my landlord I am moving out by August 1st. That is only two short months away.
God has placed on my heart a huge desire to go to England and has given me some money to move but I am waiting for a miracle to happen and a door that only He can open to swing wide.
But that said, I know Gods leading enough in my life that I am willing to keep doing what He is leading me to do, even though I may appear very, very, very foolish.
Today I am going to spend a fair amount of money taking cats to a vet to begin the process of what they need to get to England.
Do I want to waste the money I have on something that will not be necessary if Ido not receive my miracle?
Not at all.
But again God has lead me here.
After prayer and fasting I know that he would not have led me to the edge of a sea, with what feels like Egyptians on my back, unless He was about to do something big.
What it boils down to is I trust God because I know Him.
He would not be leading me in such a way if I did not trust Him.
Do you trust God to lead you to places where you need a miracle or you are sunk?
Do you really trust Him with everything?
Tell Him, and then hang on because its going to be a bumpy ride.
But worth it in the end.