It is always exciting and fun to go on a vacation, some place you’ve never been before. We anticipate and prepare for the journey, with just the right clothes, and an agenda which will make our trip a wonderful experience. But what about the chapters in our life that we never really saw coming? What about the uncharted territory that life brings which we never really planned on? Life is full of surprises, some are pleasant and some are not so pleasant. Through it we learn and grow or we seem to stumble along aimlessly wondering what ever brought us to this place in our life, thus creating a vicious circle, where we are on a different path but the same journey.
The Lord said to Abram, “Go from your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:1-3 (NLT)
Abram had to trust God to lead and guide him on the journey set before him. Although he could have chosen to stay with his family and friends in the land he had become accustomed to, he chose to obey God. Abram was seventy five years old when he left his homeland to step into a journey in which the only road map he had was instruction from God along the way. If you will notice, God said to Abram “go to the land I will show you.” Which leads me to believe that Abram did not know what was ahead of him on this new journey. He only knew that he had to listen for instruction along the way. There were times when Abram messed up, but God was always faithful. Even at the age of seventy five God still had an awesome plan for Abram’s life.
I have found myself in uncharted territory more times than I can count in this journey called life. At times it can be stressful and I begin to feel anxious and worry because I can’t see the road map clearly. Then God in His mercy and grace gently reminds me to not seek his hand (what he can do for me) but seek his face (who he is). And it is in that place I begin to trust him again with his plan for my life, knowing that for Him there is no uncharted territory only plans for a future and a hope.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
Abram was seventy five years old when he packed up to set out on a journey with God’s voice as the only map in front of him. You may be sixteen or you may be eighty but whatever your age if you’re breathing then God still has a plan and a purpose for your life although it may be in uncharted territory.Will you trust Him?