by Michele McCarthy
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 NIV
It’s summer. Vacations abound. Travel ensues. What family on this planet, having traveled with children, hasn’t heard the excited cries, “Are we there yet”?
Three. Minutes. Into. Twelve hours.
Who isn’t anxious to arrive to their desired destination? When several directions to “recalculate” finally lead to the announcement, “You have arrived” collective sighs buzz. A balm soothes the traveling soul.
God is all about movement. Being called followers of Christ is all about moving forward—our journey on earth will be in motion until we reach heaven. Scripture is replete with here-to-there stories. Moses turned to look at God in the burning bush and replied, “Here I am,” though he protested he was unqualified. But God qualified him and sent Moses to his there place—Egypt (Exodus 3:4).
There, Elijah learned, was the place God redirected him for provision after Elijah told King Ahab no rain or dew would come except by his word. God told Elijah to go to the brook Cherith (see 1 Kings 17:1, 1 Kings 17:3). There God commanded the ravens to provide for Elijah. Later God asked Elijah to go to a widow, who would provide for him there, at Zarephath.
Elisha was determined to stick with his mentor, Elijah. In his book, Lessons from Elijah, Andrew Wommack notes, “He [Elisha] was going to be where God wanted him to be. He was going to be ‘there.’ Elisha knew what was going to happen to Elijah, and he refused to stay ‘here.’ He went ‘there.’ He knew his place was with Elijah, not somewhere else. Therefore, he wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. Elisha was a faithful guy.”
God directed Abraham from Haran to Canaan. There Abraham and all the world were blessed.
David ducked, zig zagged, ducked, and zigged again from the sheepfold to the palace. There David became king.
Any one of these people could have ignored God’s directions to go.
God is always moving forward. Change is inevitable. God called. These and countless others chose to answer in obedience. None of their paths were comfortable or easy. But obedience brings great reward. And sometimes those rewards are felt for generations to come.
Each unique calling was from God. Every individual had to take the first step. And the second step and the third. Forge ahead. God didn’t do it for them. None of us arrive there without hearing God’s call and making strides to see it through.
Tune into God’s instructions. He is the original GPS—the God Positioning System.
Take the next step. Do your part. He is not going to airdrop you.
Will we respond as Isaiah responded to the Lord, Here am I. Send me! (Isaiah 6:8)?
Each and every there becomes the next here when we are willing to say “Speak, for I am listening,” followed by “Here I am, send me.” It is after walking forward in obedience, that we receive our next there word from the Lord. This here to there process continues until we reach home.
Where is your there? What step has God called you to take? Write a blog? Go on a mission trip? Volunteer? Get involved in politics in your city? Open a business? Be a stay at home mom?
Take the first step. God delights in feeding the hungry, but He rarely gives the whole meal at once. As you make headway, God opens the door to show you the next course of action.
Book your trip. Move from here to there. Let God plan your course. His is always a beautiful, exciting, messy adventure you don’t want to miss.
This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
About the author: Michele McCarthy is married and a mom to two sons and Gigi to five adorable grandchildren. She is a Texas Christian University graduate with a degree in Education. She attended Lifestyle Christianity University in Watauga, Texas. Michele is a co-founder of LWT (Living Write Texas), a Christian writing group for women. She loves reading, painting, all things witty, and hot fudge sundaes.
In Michele’s new book Aunt Ida Clare, Rosalina is not quite sure what to think of their new babysitter. Aunt Ida is quite the sight. Rosalina’s Daddy calls her flamboyant. Aunt Ida Clare shares the purpose behind speaking life-giving words to an unsuspecting brother and sister. She is positively the best thing to happen to these impressionable children.
Join the conversation: Where is your there? What step has God called you to take?