I was terrified!
I knew God was calling me, beckoning me to follow Him into unfamiliar and uncharted territory. I could see a glimpse of the goal at the end through what appeared to be a long, narrow, arduous path.
“How can I possibly navigate through that Lord?”, I cried with fearful tears.
As I looked around at everything that would impact the journey, I became acutely aware of the dangers and lack of resources.
No money, no training, no idea what step to even take next, not to mention the enemies that were quite literally attacking me. These were not the circumstances I anticipated would be present when stepping out to achieve a dream.
I quickly realized it’s one thing to have a God sized dream, it’s a whole other thing to go after it!
In those early days I was so desperate to hear from God. I needed a word for almost every moment of the day. I needed wisdom and an example to follow. A story from His book that I could read and reread every time anxiety and doubt swelled inside me.
Within that first week the Lord provided exactly what I needed . . . the book of Joshua.
I began to read about the task the Lord laid in front of Joshua, how he was to lead the Israelites into their promise land. Now this land wasn’t simply sitting there unoccupied and without obstacles to overcome. No! They would have to cross a river during flood season, enter the most fortified city of that day, and then conquer the giants that were inhabiting the land.
If that was me, I would have two words for you . . . panic attack!
But the Lord gave Joshua very specific instructions that were attached to a promise. One of those instructions was in Joshua 1:7, “Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you, do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”
Do not turn from it to the right or to the left.
Those words rang in my ears and echoed through my soul. In this short phrase I felt the Lord show me the secret to success.
Prior to that verse I had been looking all around me, instead of focusing in on what He was commanding me to do . . . trust Him. He was telling me to trust Him. To follow Him. To walk in His ways and commands. To keep my eyes on Him.
He knew that if my eyes and my actions deviated from Him and His ways, He knew fear would cause me to freeze or flee.
It’s amazing how if you just take your eyes slightly off your focus, how far off course you will find yourself.
There is a true story about a large passenger jet that had left New Zealand with 257 people onboard for a sightseeing flight to Antartica and back. Unknown to the pilots, someone had modified the flight coordinates by a mere two degrees.
That slight deviation placed the aircraft 28 miles to the east of where they had planned to be. As they approached Antartica the pilots descended to a lower altitude to give the passengers a better look at the landscape. But since they did not know they were off target, they did not realize the incorrect coordinates had placed them directly in the path of Mount Erebus, an active volcano that rises from the frozen landscape to a height of more than 12,000 feet.
As they continued their flight the white of the snow and ice on the volcano blended with the white of the clouds, and by the time the instruments sounded the alarm warning them that the ground was rising fast – it was too late. The airplane crashed, killing everyone onboard.
A lot of sin we get into, struggles in our life, or fears that cause us to fumble happen just by taking our eyes off Jesus only a little bit.
God knows that our feet will follow whatever we fix our eyes on. He knows that if we fix our eyes on Him and His ways, no matter what obstacles and impossibilities surround us, we will achieve success.
This is His promise to us.
This is His promise to you!
So tell me ladies, what God sized dream are you looking at through a long, narrow, telescope view? What promise land are you desperate to attain?
Perhaps you are starting out like me, uncertain of the way or where to step next? Then remember this secret to success, “Do not look to the left or to the right, but keep your eyes on Jesus, He will reveal the way!”
If this is a topic that speaks to your heart, I encourage you to come back in the weeks to come as we explore more about the wisdom we can learn from the brave life of Joshua.
Diane Swan is a Professional Christian Counselor, Speaker and Blogger who is passionate about using her God given gifts to assist ladies in living victorious lives in Christ. She enjoys sharing true life messages that relate to the complex lives of every day women and leaves them feeling equipped to be more than conquerors in all their battles. Diane and her husband Todd are the founders of Seven Swans Ministries, an organization devoted to living out the gifts of the Spirit by offering a unique array of services to encourage, edify and expand God’s kingdom. Connect with Diane anytime: Facebook – Pinterest – Twitter – Website