Blind Faith...Or Total Obedience?
by Tammy McConnell
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Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. Num 9:17 (NLT)
“Okay, packed and ready to go! Well, almost…grab that stuffed doll off the dining room table, she won’t sleep without it. Ooh, this is so agonizing. Do you think we’re doing the right thing?”
“Of course we are. Who in their right mind could come up with this scenario on their own? It has to be God! Don’t worry; He’s got it all under control.”
“You’re right. What was I thinking? Every time I get like this, something happens to calm my fears. Remember when we moved into that place in Bayberry? I kept thinking, ‘We don’t belong here. Everyone else has more money, more influence…just look at them.’ But we stayed there for seven years. Something told me when we looked at the rental house that someday we would own it, and we did. Two of our kids were born after we moved in there. The neighbors are all like family now, and I knew in my heart my family was ‘safe’.”
“And here we are again, another adventure, another step of faith.”
“You mean leap, don’t you?”
“Whatever you want to call it; I’m kind of enjoying the ride, aren’t you? I mean look at us, a family of six with two small dogs traveling halfway across the country. I’m finally going to do what I’ve wanted to for years! And, you still get to stay home with the kids and teach them yourself. Granted you’ve added a few things to your plate with your home-business and freelance writing, but you can handle it, heck you thrive on it.”
“Yeah, God’s got a plan. I just need to relax and let Him lead the way. I bet Nebraska will be perfect. And you know what? I’m looking forward to the things He has in store for us. It’s like a mystery, always some new surprise just around the corner.”
Three days later…
“Thanks Stephanie, I appreciate you allowing us to use your microwave. The kids will enjoy the popcorn. Our belongings should arrive sometime next week. I can’t wait to have all my furniture again. I can’t believe how God works. We came here with what we could fit in our van around the kids and dogs and now we are living in a nice house in a beautiful neighborhood. It’s as if God was holding this house just for us. Your neighbors only moved out two days ago. He didn’t want someone else to see it before we did.”
“Yes Ruth, you heard the name right, why? Wow, you mean he pastored your church 14 years ago? That’s amazing…we had no idea that we were going to land here. Come to find out the pastor of this church at a small town in the middle of Nebraska used to pastor at our sister church in NY? What a small world!”
“Don’t worry honey, God’s shown us in so many ways that He is in control. Your new business will take off quickly and my business will too, you’ll see.”
“But the electric company doesn’t care if my business is just getting off the ground. What are we supposed to tell them?”
“Remember the time when we first moved into Bayberry? We were so poor. We couldn’t really afford the rent, that’s why your dad moved in with us, to help out. I was walking to the corner store to buy three things, knowing full well I could only afford two. It was baby wipes, diapers and toilet paper if I recall correctly. I was praying under my breath, ‘Lord, what do you think I should do? I can’t afford all of these things, but I need all of them desperately.’ Our new neighbor, very congenial fellow, waved as I was walking by. ‘Do you know anyone that could use this container of baby wipes? My grandchildren were here visiting last weekend…and well, I don’t need them.’ I was flabbergasted, but gratefully accepted the wipes. How can you not see where that came from? Every time we lean on our own understanding, we get into trouble. Let go of the controls, He can do just fine without your guidance.”
“Well, since you put it that way, I guess we should go get some groceries. Peanut butter and jelly is getting old fast. The income will be there, the bills will get paid and we will be just fine because God has a plan and where God guides God provides.”
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"But the electric company doesn’t care if..." But, but, but... Grrr. Why do we do that, even after we're fully aware that God has always and will always take care of us? I have "But..."-ed myself to tears over the last couple of weeks because I'm in the same postition that you found yourselves in, basically. I don't know where I'm going to lay my head next week. You're not holding a box of wipes out to me, asking me if I need them. And I didn't get either of the calls I really wanted today... telling me I could have a loan for a house or that I could rent the only house that I've found for rent. "But..." But God led me here... here, of all places, of all times, to read about your experience. Makes me wonder what He'll do next. Thank you for your obedience in sharing it.