“You have not passed this way before” (Josh 3:4)
When I was a boy, the flame of adventure burned brightly in my soul, filling my life with anticipation. I loved to read stories about pioneers who ventured into the unknown, and I still remember these words of Rudyard Kipling: There is no sense in going further – it’s the edge of civilization. So they said, and I believed it – till a voice, as bad as conscience, rang interminable changes. On one everlasting whisper day and night repeated – Something hidden. Go and find it. Go and look behind the Ranges, Lost and waiting for you. Go! Although I still like to try new things. I’ve lost some of my adventurous spirit as I’ve grown older, and I find myself feeling a bit uneasy as I draw closer to retirement, old age, and death. It’s natural to feel a mixture of fear and anticipation as we face the unknown. But as I trust God and keep walking with Him. I find that fear diminishes and my longing for heaven grows stronger. The Israelites undoubtedly felt both uneasiness and eagerness as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. Knowing this, Joshua told them to follow the ark, the symbol of God’s presence. The people leading the column were to stay far enough behind the ark so that those in the rear could see it. By trusting God and obeying Him, their fear dissolved and their sense of anticipation grew stronger. And it still works this way today. (ODB)
PRAYER LINE: As you pray, read “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed. Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame…” (Isa 54:4)
Faith keeps the sails of life filled with the breath of heaven.