At times, I can be a little bit random but I would like to think those are the times God is really showing me something. For instance, I like to read and do research on random things that means absolutely nothing to me but more than likely it will be tossed in the back of my mental file cabinet. I say that to say, perhaps when we find ourselves having “strange” or “random” moments that maybe God is really trying to get our attention and speak to us or show us something.
I was driving one day and randomly reflecting upon memories, the present and the future. My life has not been a “cookie cutter,” even though at times I wish it could’ve been. Instead, my life has been a lot of trial and error. I always have wondered why God couldn’t have made my purpose more clear and tell me that I was going to be a doctor or dentist. The job requirements are clear and the pay is stable and great. It seems to me that the people who are in those positions levels of anxiety about God’s plan for their life is very low. So God, why isn’t my life or my path clear? Why does it seem to keep having these detours and burdens? You are God and if you would just tell me (after all you do know the answer) than ease and peace will be my portion.
The other day, when I was having my “random” moment, I began to read Joshua. I read Joshua 1 in the King James Version and I thought it was good. The thing about it is, I have read Joshua before, so I already knew what I was reading. When I was getting ready to go to chapter 2 of Joshua, I felt prompted to read Joshua 1 over again but this time, I was going to read it in the Message version. Joshua 1 verses 1:9 says,
After the death of Moses the servant of GOD, GOD spoke to Joshua, Moses’ assistant: “Moses my servant is dead. Get going. Cross this Jordan River, you and all the people. Cross to the country I’m giving to the People of Israel. I’m giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on—just as I promised Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon east to the Great River, the Euphrates River—all the Hittite country—and then west to the Great Sea. It’s all yours. All your life, no one will be able to hold out against you. In the same way I was with Moses, I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. GOD, your God, is with you every step you take.
I believe that the very same God who in this passage of scripture is speaking and prepping Joshua is the very same God that is speaking and prepping you and I. He is speaking and sometimes he may speak at random times and moments.
It’s so easy to bellyache over life blows and mishaps and sometimes we even have a good enough reason so do so but I believe that God wants us to continue to walk with him. As God is prepping Joshua for his next chapter, he tells him to not be timid, discouraged and to have strength and courage. That leaves me to believe that Joshua along his journey was going to have some bad days. He was going to experience some rough times but in every moment God promised that he will be with him.
This relationship between God and I sometimes gets hard and sometime gets confusing because I can’t fully see what he see’s but he’s building and prepping me for my next chapter. He’s molding me into a person full of faith and love. He’s using life random moments to show me myself and to show me him and in that moment I have a choice to make on whose promise I’m going to stand on.
So, I leave this post… asking you, Can you hear God speaking in the random moments in your life? Who promise will you stand on? Are you willing to follow God’s path even when it doesn’t appear to be the best decision? Where is your level of faith?
My life may not be a “cookie cutter” life but it is a life that God is leading and guiding for his purpose and glory. Had it not been for “random moments” and being able to hear God speak, I would have missed out on this amazing “God moment.”