Going back to college after a seventeen year absence was exciting, most of the time. But other times were downright scary. Going to college with a husband, family and mortgage is a lot different than right out of high school, on my parents' dime.
But God doesn't call us to be stagnant, does He? All the way through the Bible, He was telling one person after another to get going.
Most of us probably know about the Old Testament biggies, like Abraham and Moses. Pack up the fam, leave all you know, and hit the road! And they went. But, I'm so thankful we are told about more than their obedience. You know, the whole Abraham and the servant girl thing (Genesis 16:14). And it gets too weird when Abraham tried to pass off his wife, Sarah, as his sister when they were in Egypt (Genesis 12: 10-20). Abraham may have gone when the Lord said, "Go!", but that didn't mean he was perfect.
Our man, Moses, could be a bit of a whiner (Exodus 4:10). Can you imagine? God had led him safely across the desert, given him a family, and Moses was whining about talking. For crying out loud, he was raised as a pharaoh's son. Maybe he'd been with the sheep too long and forgotten how to speak to sovereigns and servants. After Moses found his tongue, faced down pharaoh and orchestrated the evacuation of thousands, then he got worried about how to feed them (Numbers 11:12 - 15). I wonder if God ever wanted to say to Moses, "Man up!"
Going. Esther risked her life by going into the king's presence without being called (Esther 4:15-16). Jonah tried to get out of going, and ended up on the wrong side of a big fish (Jonah 1:1-3). And what about our boy, Hosea? God told him to go after that sorry Gomer (Hosea 1:2), and to keep going after her (Hosea 3:1). God means business when it comes to "going".
And God is still in the business of going today. The "Great Commission" wasn't just for the eleven disciples and other onlookers at Christ's ascension. When Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age,” (Matthew 28:18b - 20 RSV,) He was talking to us, too!
Dear Reader, thank you so much for joining me on this "Journey to Easter"! Writing for you, writing for Him, has drawn me closer to the Savior's side. I pray it's done the same for you. I hope you have a bountifully blessed Resurrection Day!