As I have previously mentioned, the Lord has placed it on my heart this year to do some traveling as He has called me into a season of discovery — discovering more of who I truly am in Him and discovering more of who He is. I’m excited for the journey!
This is completely His power at work in me as I have always been a bit uncomfortable with the idea of traveling. I’ve been one to stay in my own familiar environment, not leaving the known. Travel for me has always been driving on a familiar stretch to visit a relative who lives within 4 hours of me or, in my way younger years, traveling for work in the state I lived in. I’ve never ventured beyond.
As I believe I have mentioned before, my life has been such that, metaphorically speaking, when I got saved in 2014 it’s like I crawled out of an attic I’d been living my life in to see this world around me that I’d never known. As the Word says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
So, I’m freshly home from my first adventure! 12 hours from home to San Angelo, TX. “Why there?,” you might ask. Well, in 2018 my Grandma had a stroke and my Aunt took her to live with her. I honestly thought I’d never see her again in this life. When God placed it on my heart to travel in mid January, I immediately wanted to take steps in obedience. I purchased an annual pass to my home state’s State Parks so I can venture out some weekends and discover God’s creation in my state and I started looking at the calendar to see when my son will be out of school so I can make some plans for longer distance venturing out. This week my son was on a school break so, with God’s leading, I decided that I would drive out to Texas to see my Grandma and Aunt. Praise God for leading me in this as it was a wonderful visit and it was wonderful discovering the beauty of His creation in a completely different region!
My son and I ventured out to the local State Park and explored some other areas in the region. As I was walking and praying, I could feel God’s presence so thick and felt Him breathing His Spirit afresh upon me. Oh, how beautiful God’s creation is! Every bit of it, and that includes all the poky plants my son and I got poked with, lol (beware, it’s not just the cactuses that poke you in Texas!! Little side funny story, when I got to the hotel for the evening I discovered I had an inch long needle poking out of my leg; don’t even know how I didn’t feel that! No injury; it was just there sticking out of my leg)!
Another part to this traveling God has placed on my heart is that as I travel, this is not just my adventure; this is His adventure! He is going to use me on these travels to accomplish His works, for His glory! I’m not sure what or how, but this is all, “as He leads. Whenever, wherever, however.” I’m a willing vessel and I want Him to use me however He desires and I can feel it within me, small steps and then bigger and then bigger. I’m willing and I know it is only through His strength and His power!
This trip, I’m not sure what all He may have accomplished through me or in me. But as I said in my post, “If but only one,” I do as He leads even when I may never see the fruit of what He calls me to do. I walk by faith, not by sight and I trust His purpose behind every single thing He calls me to do, however seemingly small in my narrow view it may seem.
I only had two interactions with people, aside from family, this trip. One was when my son and I ate breakfast. I felt led to leave a scripture on the receipt for the waitress. I won’t see the fruit of that, but God placed it on my heart so there it is! The second interaction was when I went to church on Sunday. I felt led to go up for prayer at the end of service and have prayer for fresh anointing with the Holy Spirit as I move forward in all God has placed on my heart. God definitely spoke some things to me through this couple’s prayer as they said some same things that were spoken to me in January as I had just started my time of prayer. It was powerful and I appreciate God affirming and reminding me of what He is speaking to me.
So, it was a great well rounded trip! Much new discovery of God’s creation, feeling His presence in a powerful way, having a great visit with family that would have never happened had the Lord not spoke this to me and given me the strength and boldness to walk it out, additional words of affirmation in the direction He is leading me in, great bonding with my son, His purposes being accomplished. Oh, how I love God!! Praise and glory to Him! He is so magnificent and He loves each and every one of us so much more than we can even fathom!
This is only the beginning!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)
Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I entrust my life. (Psalm 143:8)
Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. (Psalm 143:10)