They are tricky sometimes.
Like last night. The workout was 21 dumbbell snatches, 10 wall balls, 15 toes to bar, 10 wall balls, 9 chest to bar, 10 wall balls… and you keep doing all that for 15 minutes.
They don’t tell you if you get through it three times that you will have done 90 wall balls and 45 toes to bar because if they told you that up front most of us would be … “nah, I can’t do that”. Some of us wouldn’t even want to try. A lot of us wouldn’t even show up at the gym that day because 90 wall balls seems like a lot… and it is… but when you break it down and do one set at a time, you can do more than think.
You are stronger than you think you are!
God doesn’t always give us the full directions, a step-by-step guide, and a diagram of what it’s going to look like when we’ve finished the journey He starts us on. He didn’t sit down and outline what three years of walking with Him, eating with Him, serving with Him, and learning from Him would look like… He just said to the men He chose, “follow Me”. If you’re like me, you want the instruction sheet and you want to look at each picture and know which steps are the hardest and what it’s supposed to look like when you’re done. God doesn’t do that… He just says “go” or “come” and we follow, walking by faith.
There was a man named Terah. Terah took his family, his son Abram (Abraham), his grandson Lot, Abram’s wife Sarai (Sarah) and they left their homeland heading to Canaan. They came to a place called Haran and stopped to dwell there. Terah died in Haran. He never made it to his destination of Canaan.
You have to keep going.
Sometimes those middle rounds are the hardest to push through. The clock seems like it counts the seconds slower and slower and slower and fifteen minutes seems way too long.
We get in the middle of our walk and it gets hard. It gets dark. Things go wrong. Storms come up. Just like they did for the disciples out there in the middle of the night on the sea in a little fishing boat… they weren’t in a huge cruise ship… they had a fishing boat out there and the storm came up and it was pitch black and they were afraid. But, Jesus had already told them to go to the other side. In the midst of their dark, stormy night, they let fear distract them from the mission Jesus had given them.
Don’t quit in the middle.
It may seem like it’s taking a long time to get there and you’re not even completely sure where you’re going. Got sent Abraham on a journey and three days later told him where he was supposed to be. We don’t always have all the directions up front. We get tired. It gets hard… but keep going.
You don’t want to quit, give up, and just die where you are… finish the journey. Don’t let your dream and your passion die because it’s taking longer than you thought. Don’t quit praying because the answer hasn’t come yet. Keep going… finish the journey.
Several years ago God gave me a word… I don’t say that a lot, but I know for sure this was a word He gave me. I have kept it mostly private, although I did read it one time while ministering in a service. Perhaps it will speak to you and encourage you to Finish Your Journey.
“If you knew exactly where you were going, you wouldn’t need my guidance to get there.
If you knew every obstacle you would have to overcome, you wouldn’t need my strength and my help and my support.
If you knew the outcome of every battle and situation, you wouldn’t pray to me and seek me for guidance.
If you knew the answer to every problem you would ever face, why would you need me?
If you had all the answers, you would not need me. If you knew the path and direction to take, you would not seek me. If you were 100% confident, you would not turn to me.
I give you a path to follow, a dream to seek, a desire to fulfill. But I do not reveal all of my plans and all of your future to you because I want you to keep trusting me… step by step… day by day… to continue to search for me… to continue to find me… to continue to follow me.. to let me reveal myself to you, to let me open doors.
If you knew everywhere I would take you and how it would all work out in the end, would you follow me with an open heart and open mind… or would you rush headfirst and headlong and make it all happen on your own? You know the answer. You know what you would do.
Battles and trials come. They keep you in line. They keep you praying. They keep you turning to me. They keep you on your knees.
You don’t know everything and you never will. But, you do know me. And i know it all. All the plans. All the dreams. All the desires. I know them all. I know you. I know you are mine and I know how I care about you and think about you.