There have been many lessons that our journey with [our church] has taught me. God is not opposed to his children wandering for periods of time. The Children of Israel wandered. Jesus wandered through the desert and on mountains. Even Paul wandered around Arabia in the years after his conversion – his great dark period for which no scholar can account. If you think you know where the Creator of the Universe is leading you, there is a good chance that you will be wrong. And even if you are right about your ultimate destination, you’ll likely be surprise by the wandering route that God has in mind.

Gordon Atkinson

Lately I’ve been thinking about God’s call to Abraham: “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you…So Abram went, as the LORD had told him…” (Genesis 12:1, 4, TNIV).  God just tells him to go.  He doesn’t say where, other than “to the land I will show you”, but Genesis does not have Moses receive any specifics.  And Moses goes.

Sometimes we need to just go–not anywhere specific, but just go.  I guess you might call that stepping out of the boat, but I’m not going to admit to that just yet.

3 thoughts on “Wandering

  1. Dixie

    Driving to Bonnie’s tonight I put on The Charity of Night. The sun was setting behind me and Pacing the Cage came on: “sunset is an angel weeping, holding out a bloody sword, no matter how I squint I cannot, make out what it’s pointing towards.”

    But it was this line that struck me, thinking about you and me: “sometimes the best map will not guide you, you can’t see what’s round the bend, sometimes the road leads to dark places, sometimes the darkness is your friend”.

    We’ll be okay.

  2. Toni

    And like Abraham, we’re on a journey. Did you think that piece of wood you stepped over was the door frame?


  3. Randall

    Marc, you have come such a great distance in such a short time. When I remember some of our Friday morning discussions at A&W over eggs and toast, and see you today, good job guy.

    I am encouraged by your story and faith.
    Thanks Marc.

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