March 3, 2012: 9:13 PM - Circle 6
This is the final night of a single walk. I started early, and took my time. I wanted this night documented. I am already nervous about tomorrow. I know that I am to "not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God," ~ Philippians 4:6
...and yet, I believe that our steps in the presence of God have the ability to land us on Holy Ground... "The commander of the LORD’s army replied, 'Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.' And Joshua did so." ~ Joshua 5:15
,,,and I also have read the scripture that deals with fear in relation to God. "Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you." ~ I Samuel 12:24 (and many other verses...)
It is easy for us to look at the walls that surround us and the dangers that may lurk in the shadow. We can fear the unknown even more than the dangers we see. Doubt scratches at the edges of our vision and fears rise up even from places of comfort.
And even so... we are told that "in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33
We know that our God is mighty, and we know that He is big enough to handle our doubts, as long as our feet stay true to following his lead. And we know that this is the God of Provision, the God who does extraordinary things. Living with fear is appropriate, as long as you remember that it is reserved only for God.
Again, we look to the life of Joshua.
"For the LORD your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over. The LORD your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over. He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is powerful and so that you might always fear the LORD your God.” ~ Joshua 4:23-24, before the fall of Jericho
Tomorrow we circle these walls 7 times, we blow the trumpet, and we give a mighty shout. We know that God has already provided the provision. We do this as our outward demonstration of our faith in Him, and our complete reliance on his deliverance. We acknowledge (1) we cannot do this on our own, (2) God will provide, (3) He does this for His glory.
When we move from this house, and begin our transition to Guatemala... you are put on notice that this is the hand of God.