Last summer, I read Mark Batterson's The Circle Maker, which seemed to lift the scales from my eyes and started to bring my personal vision and mission into focus. After sharing what I'd learned with Tom, we were empowered for me to retire.
For retirement, Mary gave me a copy of Holley Gerth's God-Sized Dream devotional. Oh my goodness, it was like she was inside my head. Then Mary gave me its predecessor, You're Made for a God-Sized Dream. I've recommended it to several and sent copies to my Dream Team (much-loved friends who are willing to partner with me in my God-sized dream). Holley has helped me fine tune my vision and understand the ups and downs of pursuing my God-sized dream.
A few weeks ago, Joyce Meyer talked about when David went to meet Goliath that he didn't just go out to meet the giant, David "ran swiftly" out to meet him. This week, Beth Moore brought Moses and the Red Sea parting into perspective. Moses told the Hebrew children to stand still, but "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Quit praying and get the people moving! Forward, march!' (Exodus 14:15, The Living Bible).
Every Scripture I read, every preacher I listened to, seemingly every song on the radio was saying the same thing: GET MOVING! And I did! Literally.
Today, I confidently walked into four Christian bookstores, all by myself, I put out my hand and introduced myself, and told the store managers I had written a book I wanted to share with them. If you're like my friend, Jack, who excels in sales, or my friend, Lynnette, who knows how to rally support for any cause she is attached to, that may not seem like a big deal. But for me, IT WAS A BIG HONKIN' DEAL!
Were all four store managers welcoming and intrigued? No. But Michael at Mardel and Debbie at Lifeway were kind, helpful and encouraging. And you know what else? I'm so excited (as if you couldn't tell), not by their responses, but because I was obedient.
Here's the deal. I can't control the responses of the store managers or the effectiveness of their suggestions. All I can control is whether I choose to trust and obey, and that's what I did. Once again, that may not sound like much to you, but way too often, I'm way too willful.
These last months, the message the Lord has seemed to weave into nearly every Scripture reading, book, sermon, has been to "trust and obey". And you know what? As hard as that may be to do initially, when we choose and seek to trust and obey, it is so liberating and brings such peace!
Thank you for coming by for a visit today! And for joining me on the this journey. I still don't know where it's going to take us, but as long as I stay out of the driver's seat, I do know we'll arrive intact and on time. I'll keep your posted.
48 Goliath the Philistine started to attack David. He slowly walked closer and closer toward David, but David ran out to meet Goliath.