Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
These were the words of the Lord to Joshua as he faced leading the Israelites into the promised land after the death of Moses. I’ll bet he was asking himself, “what have I gotten myself into?”
I can relate all too well to what must have been happening with Joshua! At this time last year I was frantic!…to say the least. Ask Tina, she’ll tell you. We were weeding through our things, getting ready for our move to Kutztown. We weren’t even certain who was moving us and when. All we knew was we accepted the call to Mt. Zion, I committed to start August 1, and we were committed to buying a house at the end of July and at least, one of us had to be there to sign the papers and assume command of the residence.
It was early morning, July 18th, I hugged and kissed Tina bye-bye for now. Got in the Explorer and headed East to pick up my friend John who would accompany me to Kutztown. It was exciting, yet nerve-racking to leave the familiar and Tina behind.
Within a few hours, as John and I crossed the state line of Texas into Arkansas, I got on the phone, called Tina and told her, “Guess what? I’m not a Texan anymore!”
John looked at me and said, “It’s not too late! You can turn around at this exit and go back.” At that point, one begins to say to themselves…..”What am I doing? Did we make the right decision?
I’m wondering if Joshua had the same thoughts. Told by the Lord, that this was what he was to do. After all, he spent the past 40 years with the familiar. And now….. answer the call!
And so he did! Never gave it a second thought and on they went to a new and exciting land…..
Having spent the past 18 years in a foreign land (Texas) and taking a call to Mt. Zion, giving up the safe and familiar, off we went…albeit……..back to Pennsylvania……saying all the time…..What am I doing? Obviously, we can see from this viewpoint, that Joshua had nothing to worry about because he heeded the words of the Lord…..“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
It’s been a year since answering the call to Mt. Zion….hard to believe isn’t it? What’s harder to believe is that it’s been the greatest thing!!!!!! What was I afraid of?….the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go……….
It’s great to be home!!!!! AMEN !!!!!