Now whenever the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out on their journey, following it. Exodus 40:36
My husband emailed me this verse the other day. Our cloud has lifted and now it is our turn to follow it. Have you ever prayed for a cloud or pillar of fire to follow? Wouldn’t that be awesome? We are praying, and seeking, and trusting that the God who provided the cloud for the Israelites will order our steps. In the meantime, He gave me this promise, this morning:
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.” Luke 18:29-30
I could now tell you the incredible story about how I was reading something completely different this morning, and how God directed me specifically to this verse. And, I could tell you all the fears and insecurities going through my head about whether we feel ready and capable to move forward at this point. And, I could tell you how much I am thinking about what our lives must look like to others, and how they must think we are all over the place. Then, I would tell you how this is exactly what I needed to be reminded of this morning. I would tell you how this filled me with courage and reminded me that I only have one life to give. I would tell you that my head was lifted and I focused my eyes, again, on my audience of One.
But, instead, I want to say that this is just a normal morning. A regular cup of coffee. One of many snippets in a day-long conversation with my extraordinary God. One of the many ways, He will try to tell me today that He is here with us, that He will never leave us. One of the many times, He will use the ordinary stuff of this day to convince me that I can do this thing with Him. I hope I listen.