Reflections from a Coffee House (Day 3)

Can’t really tell you what the blog topics will be about each day.  I am fairly sure that I will write about transitions, personal change and things like that but I also just want to have a place to write about what I am doing, what I am thinking, and what things might be meaning to me on any given day.  Yes, I may even dangerously think out loud, so please, if you don’t like what I say then please engage in the conversation.

I fly out today.  When I get on that plane the adventure begins.  I periodically stop to ponder the question, “What do you think you are doing?”  I have reached a point in life where I am relatively settled, life is in order, and, things are good.  Why would I upset my routine and patterns to do something so totally different?  This may be crazy!

Yet, I believe that God is calling me to this.  I have gone through the restlessness and when the possibilities were presented to me I knew that I must do it.  God opened the doors and is inviting me through.  I don’t think I have a clear picture of the total meaning, but, for some reason that is ok.  I read Joshua 3: 1-4 (NRSV) and have a strong sense of God’s presence in this event:

Early in the morning Joshua rose and set out from Shittim with all the Israelites, and they came to the Jordan. They camped there before crossing over. At the end of three days the officers went through the camp and commanded the people, ‘When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place. Follow it, so that you may know the way you should go, for you have not passed this way before. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, a distance of about two thousand cubits; do not come any nearer to it.’

No, I don’t feel I am crossing into a promised land but I do feel that I am being called to follow God and to live by the Spirit.  I read, “Follow it, so that you may know the way you should go, for you have not passed this way before” and I feel a burning in my heart to follow God in this way at this time.  I have been to Germany numerous times since 1987 but this is totally different.  I have been to Wittenberg but I have not gone this way before.

My prayer is that fear and doubt will not overtake me and that I continually be open to the leading of the Spirit while being based in the Word.

Here we go!

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