The Valley of the Unfamiliar
What do you do when you find yourself in an unfamiliar situation or place in your life? Do you try to pull out of that situation, look for familiar people around, or just sit down and wait for someone or something to come rescue you? Sometimes when God gives you a word, a promise or a command, He doesn’t give you all the details.
When God called Abraham out of his father’s house, out of his country and people, to a land He will show him, Abraham had to exercise faith by ‘stepping out’. He didn’t tell Abraham that the land was 2,000 miles away, and that he will need to transit from one country to another before getting there. He didn’t tell him how long it will take for the promise to manifest, nor the cost of the waiting period. He said to him ‘a land I will show you’. So all you need to do is step out and I’ll lead you. But you and I today, want every detail of that promise or command before we take a step. God said to him, ‘get out of your country’. In other words, get out of your comfort zone, out of the familiar situation and surrounding, to an unfamiliar place that I will show you.
Sometimes to discover your purpose in the seasons of life, requires a step of faith into the unfamiliar. No one likes the unfamiliar. I am going to be honest with you, I don’t either. But I recently find myself in that spot and it looks like I am in a valley of decisions. I don’t know how I got there, nor what am doing there. All I know is this, it is an uncomfortable place, and I really need God’s help to get out. I’ve asked myself so many times, when and how am I going to get out of this. It looks like the more I asked, the less answers I receive. Could it be that I am so busy figuring out ‘how am I going to get out of it’, and therefore missing God’s purpose for that situation? Could it also be the fear of stepping out into what I believe God is leading me to?
The fear of stepping out into the unfamiliar, or making use of the situation, has the potential to cripple the vision, and the purpose you are meant to fulfil in that ‘unfamiliar’ situation at a given time.
How are you responding to your ‘unfamiliar’ situation?