I have a favorite Mary Engelbreit poster that depicts a young girl heading up a path with a knapsack dangling over her shoulder. The road ahead forks in two and the resulting paths are marked with signs. The one to the left reads: Your life. The other: No Longer an Option. The little girl is going left. At the top of the poster in large print are the words: DON’T LOOK BACK. (To see my favorite poster, click here).
In chapter 2 (of What Happens When Women Walk in Faith), A Line in the Sand, Lysa Terkeurst says, “We can’t go ahead with God to new and exciting places if we spend too much time looking back.”
Would somebody say “Amen”?
In this chapter, Lysa reminds us that when we move forward, we usually have to leave something behind. I love it when she says, “Leaving is usually an act of obedience and not a desire of the heart.”
Isn’t that the truth? Sometimes we need to make a deliberate decision to draw our line in the sand and never go backward across it again. Lysa says, “Experiencing life change is not a matter of chance, it’s a matter of choice, choosing God’s ways instead of your own.”
Now that is walking in faith.
The study guide portion of this chapter was like a breath of fresh air, reminding me of some of my favorite scriptures and Bible stories.
We first perused the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11, which has always inspired me. When I read through the names of the people that God has used throughout history, I realize they were human and had weaknesses, just like me. It encourages me to press on.
Lysa then asks us to list some of our “streams in the desert” after reading Isaiah 43:16-19. The primary joys that God has brought to me during times of drought are usually in the relationships He brings my way. I’ve met some amazing people during difficult times and have grown through their friendships. There have been so many times when I have obeyed God reluctantly, but ended up being blessed. He always knows best.
The study ends with a discussion of a very special promise from scripture. The promise of a new name has always filled me with longing. God has told me that I am a new creation in Him, and I long for the day when that transformation is complete. My name, Laura, means “a crown of laurels”. A crown of laurels is the prize given to denote victory. God has given me victory over many things in this life.
When I look back in faith, I am amazed at His faithfulness. We have journeyed through much together, and when I consider these things, I wonder why I tremble when He asks me to step out in faith with Him.
I have never failed you before, He gently whispers in my ear.
And He is so right.
Here we go.
Watch me walk.
But I’m holding His hand.