Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. 8 The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Hello Dear One,
Sometimes, the Lord says to move. And moving is scary. Even when it is a good move—to a new job or a new house—there is always trepidation about the unknown. One of my dear ones is leaving her job and moving to a new opportunity with great pay and lots of benefits, but there is always that turning of our head and looking backward and asking, “What if?” And looking back is not a good thing. Remember Lot’s wife. Lot ran, his daughters close behind. “But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt” (Genesis 19:26). She lagged behind. She turned and watched the flaming sulfur fall from the sky, consuming everything she valued. Then it consumed her. The Hebrew for “looked back” means more than to glance over one’s shoulder. Friends, the past can consume us when we dwell with fondness and wish “if only we could go back.” Well, we can’t!!!!
Jim and I are getting older and sometimes wish we had the stamina of our youth. How does that help our current situation? It doesn’t. We are to be courageous and look forward. Go into the wilderness camp and seek adventure. And be grateful for our blessed today. For the Lord is with us.
Friends, if you are in transition, relish the moment. Don’t become a pillar of salt. Move forward, and the Lord will guide your steps and be with you on your new path.
Courageously looking forward,