Millions of snowflakes cover the ground. Overnight, our yard was transformed into a winter wonderland. As we slept, an army of white crystals fell from the sky. Enough to cause plans to change for virtually everyone in North Georgia. School was cancelled, and one of the busiest airports has all but shut down.
As I bundled up to brave the cold this morning, I wondered what our puppies would think of the snow. Both dogs were still asleep when I climbed the hill with their food and water. Their curiosity was evident as they left the warmth of their houses to explore the white blanket that covered the ground. After a few tentative steps, Joe and Precious decided to make the most of the situation. Their people were outside, why not play? With tails wagging, they leaped and bounded through the snow.
I'm not always as quick to jump on board when I’m led into the unknown. I may take a few moments to assess the situation, then I retreat to the safety of what I know. But God reaches out His hand in reassurance. His plan for me includes stretching and growth. He invites me to place my trust in Him, and take that first step of faith. The choice is mine.
Remember Rebekah? One day her life seemed so routine – feeding the livestock, cooking meals, and helping her parents. The next day, all of that changed. She met a stranger at the well who asked her for a drink of water. The stranger turned out to be Abraham’s servant. He was on an errand for his master: to find a bride for Abraham’s son, Isaac. The servant was convinced that Rebekah was the right woman for Isaac.
In a matter of 24 hours, Rebekah was faced with a life changing decision – to go with this servant and become the wife of Isaac, or remain in the safety of the familiar. Look at her response, “And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go,” (Genesis 24:58; KJV). Brave woman. One who was willing to believe that Abraham’s servant was sent by God, and that she should follow God's plan for her life.
As they neared their destination, I wonder if Rebekah had second thoughts. I can imagine the questions racing through her mind, “What will he look like? What if we don’t have anything in common? What if he doesn’t love me?” Whether she had questions or not, look at how Rebekah was rewarded, “And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her…”(Genesis 24:67). God offered Rebekah the opportunity to be a part of His plan and she willingly accepted. She became the wife of one of the patriarchs.
What about you? Is God reaching His hand out to you, inviting you to exchange the known for the unknown? Your plan for His? How will you respond? Although we may not be familiar with each step of the journey, His goal is for each of us to be conformed to the image of His Son. Take a step of faith today, and pursue the path He has for you!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I praise You for the opportunity to be a part of your plan. Help me to follow You in faith when You lead me from the familiar to the unfamiliar. I know I can trust You. Thank You for Your guidance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.