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By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and set out for a place that he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out, even though he did not know where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8, Christian Standard Bible).

As my friends know, I love to travel. In fact, it is common to be greeted with the question, “Where’s your next trip?” It doesn’t matter if it’s five miles down the road or across continents, I’m ready for new sights and new adventures. Part of the enjoyment comes from sharing the adventure with a good friend. But I’ve learned not everyone makes a good travel companion. It must be someone whose “style” matches mine. Here’s my definition of some common traveler types.

  • The Organizer researches everything ahead of time—distance, hours to destination, things to see, and places to eat. Google, AAA, or whatever, they know the details. This traveler has a schedule and doesn’t deviate.
  • The Adventurer does have an ultimate destination in mind, but detours and stops are not just tolerated but embraced. Something historical down that road? Well, let’s stop to see it. Time doesn’t matter, but they will eventually arrive at the planned destination. Eventually is the key word.
  • The Point and Go traveler doesn’t care about the journey, regardless of any interesting sights along the way. They point the car and go. Reaching the destination in the most direct manner is the goal. Pity any passenger who would like to stop for a bathroom break or a Coke.

I suppose I’m a combination of the Organizer and the Adventurer. I like to know details about distance and destination, but oh, how I enjoy those impromptu side trips along the way. Even getting lost is fun. Years later we still laugh about our “shortcut” that went from pavement to gravel road and then to just ruts and dust. A very puzzled man in a pickup finally stopped and pointed us back to the highway.

The Ultimate Traveler

There is another type traveler, and I hope this one describes me as well. It’s The Faith Traveler. The best example I have of this person is Abraham. Hebrews 11:8 tells us he left the comfort of the known for an unknown destination. He had no step-by-step printed directions. A GPS would be worthless (if it had existed) because there was no way to enter a destination address.

Obey? Or Stay?

The question: obey or stay? When Abraham stepped out by faith, he surrendered all control of the situation. God became his Master Navigator.

Being a Faith Traveler is scary. Like Abraham, we need faith to launch ourselves into the unknown when God calls us to go. We also need a mega dose of obedience. But we don’t need to fear. God is plotting our perfect course.

Is God asking you to step out by faith in to the unknown? Are you having trouble surrendering complete control to Him? If He has called you to step into this great unknown, He will also lead you. He may only reveal one step at a time, but He knows the destination and it’s a good one. He’s the Master Navigator, so don’t worry.

“You will hear a word spoken behind you, saying, ‘This is the correct way, walk in it,’ whether you are heading to the right or the left” (Isaiah 30:21, New English Translation).

Prayer: Lord, increase my faith so that I can launch myself into the unknown with You, knowing You will reveal the way I should go. You will guide me each step of the way.

The apostle Paul understands the lows of life’s trials and shares an encouraging word while imprisoned,

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6–7, NKJV.

Do you know those nights? The kind of night when tears hit your pillow as life overwhelms you or the nights you toss back and forth. Sometimes, we miss the nudge from God and think that all we need to sleep better is a comfortable position, but what we need is His peace from our anxiety.

God gives a pattern to release anxiety:

  1. Be anxious for nothing.

    This scripture doesn’t only say, “Don’t be anxious.” It says, “Don’t be anxious about one single thing.” This is easier said than done, but God wants you to know that nothing is out of His control.

  2. But in everything by prayer and supplication.

    Take everything to God in prayer. It doesn’t matter what situation you are going though right now, God cares, and He desires to hear about your fears, anxiety, and questions. A supplication is a request you petition to God—He wants to hear about the desires of your heart.

  3. With thanksgiving.

    Even if you do not see the answer yet—even if the situation you are facing has not changed—choose to thank God for hearing your prayers and for being in control. Choose to thank God for being all-powerful.

  4. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.

    I have learned that perfect peace is not the result of perfect circumstances, a perfect marriage, or a perfect bank account. Perfect peace emanates from a perfect God. The peace that passes all understanding is supernatural. It is like God places you in the eye of the storm, where there is protection in the middle of an unfavorable circumstance.

  5. Will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    You heart and your mind are the two places that the enemy attacks. However, this scripture says that God will guard the most vulnerable places of your being, so you can live above your circumstance and remove your adversary from condemning you.

When your life is being shaken, when your faith is tested, when you are grieving, there is hope. There is perfect peace that can pass your comprehension and every fear and stress has to submit to the authority of God. Whatever it is that is causing you to toss and turn at night, God is more powerful. That situation that makes you hyperventilate should not steal away your peace. You may not feel thankful for this season of life, but you can thank God for being in charge of each season.

Find a place to pray today because God desires for His people to resist the pressures of this world as He offers peace and harmony as an alternative to anxiety.

Will you join me on this journey of being anxious for nothing?

Prayer:

Lord, I’m so thankful I’m not alone during this lonely time of my life. Help me to trust you. Speak peace to my spirit. I cannot live in a state of anxiety, please help me to take everything to You in prayer. Prove to me today that you are the peacemaker and help me keep my heart and mind on You!

Matthew 4:19-20

“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.”

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This has always been a fascinating portion of scripture to me. I am often drawn back to it, and my imagination runs wild with possibilities. We live in 2019, and the world can be a scary place. So if someone approached you and said “leave everything you know behind and follow me” you probably would say no, and maybe even call the police. But that’s exactly what happened to Peter and Andrew.

They didn’t know Jesus, and yet when He approached them and said “follow me and I will make you fishers of men” they laid down what they were doing and did exactly that. I have to wonder what they felt in that moment, was it God’s presence? Did they just know, “yes, let’s do this” I myself have had powerful encounters with Jesus, and I can guarantee you, if they felt what I have felt time and time again, I would have dropped everything too!

It only takes one moment in the presence of God for your life to be dramatically changed. I am a living testimony of that, same as Peter and Andrew. Jesus stepped into my life and turned my world right side up! He showered me with grace and extended mercy to me and I will never be the same – and you can experience a life-changing moment in God’s presence too!

Lord, help me to never be afraid to approach you and boldly step into your presence. I pray and ask that you would let your Spirit flow through my life today, and do a work in me that only You can do. Help me to always be aware of Your presence and to never take it for granted.