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.
When I saw that quote I started tearing up.
For no other reason than the fact that I realize that the grace that has been extended to me, is the reason the load that I was given six years ago did not break me.
Six and a half years ago things were great. I had been married eighteen years, had four kids, and for the first time in my life was really enjoying it.
My husband, who had spent most of our marriage hiding behind a wall, was finally coming out of his shell.
He had been saved when he found out that he had cancer, the first time, and as a result he allowed God to work in his life, becoming the husband and father that I always dreamed him to be.
The kids and I were thrilled.
But the cancer came back and took him from us.
Six years ago today,April 6th 2008, he left for his real home.
He was the strong one, we thought.
He was the glue.
I did not know how I would survive.
God graciously reminded me to give it all to Him.
So I rested in Jesus.
I gave everything, all that I had, all my worries, problems, and hurts to God.
I gave the load to him because I knew that I did not have the strength to carry it.
And what I found out was that, this is how we are supposed to carry the loads that have been given.
We are supposed to carry them to God and let go and trust God, because
He is the Glue.
He is the strong one!
The reason our heavy loads can’t break us is because we are not carrying them.
Has it been easy? Heck no!
But after all these years without my husband I am convinced more than ever that God is faithful to all those who trust in Him.
Do you have a load that is too big for you to carry?
Give it to God.
He is more than able to carry it for you!
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord… ~ Isaiah 26:3