The Final Frontier

Sunday, October 16, 2011 Posted by Katie

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Sometimes the change we encounter in life requires us to pack up our wagons and head out to new frontiers. I am keenly aware of this truth because, if you’ve read my profile, you know that I have moved numerous times, most recently this past January. Though I should be an old pro at this, I confess that I always wonder if I will ever settle into my new home as well as I had in my last.

God gave me a great eye-opener a few weeks ago, however. I traveled up to the Chicago area for a wedding of an old friend. I spent a memorable weekend with some of my dearest friends from my season of life there in the Windy City. There are not words enough to describe how much I love these people, how much they feel like family to me, and how much joy they continue to bring to my life. In the midst of this reunion/celebration weekend, I was struck with a startling, yet obvious truth. Twelve years ago I didn’t know any of these dear folk. Not one of them.

God was reminding me to trust Him through change. Trust Him in new frontiers. Trust Him when the future looks uncertain. Trust Him when the past looks better than the present.

God also reminded me of Joseph (of the “Technicolor Dreamcoat”…or Genesis 37). Once upon a time, he had a decent life going. But Joseph’s own brothers sold him off to slavery and told his Dad he was dead. He was bought by an Egyptian whose wife accused Joseph of attempted rape. Regardless of seemingly insurmountable odds, Joseph ended up a high-ranking ruler in Egypt, was ultimately reunited with his family, and because of his journey was able to save them from famine.

How about your story? Are current circumstances making you dread the next chapter of your life? Or are you still brave enough to hope for the future? Allow me to remind you as God reminded me: Trust Him. Pack your wagon with confidence and courage. Forge ahead and hold unwaveringly to the belief that the final frontier will hold provisions you cannot even conceive of.

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
– 1 Peter 5:10


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