The Open Door Beyond the Property Line

Exodus 13:21-22

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.   

Thought for the DayTrust God to walk beside you.

 We have three inside cats who very seldom go outside the house.  One walked out a door that was left open last night.  Our two older cats like to sneak out, but will not go too far away from the house.  Our precious cat, Noodles, decided he wanted to take an excursion last night so when the door was open he made his way out.  My husband realized the door was open so he looked for the cats and realized that Noodles was not in the house.  He and my oldest child went in search.  They walked around the house and found him at the edge of our property looking toward the neighbor’s house.  They easily picked him up and brought him back into the comfort of home.  Walking away from the house and to the edge of the property was very brave for Noodles as he probably thought he was going into the “wild” and he was probably very nervous.  To my husband and son, seeing him at the edge of the property quickly reminded them that Noodles will probably never go too far from home.

Thinking about my life, I am so much like Noodles.  I want to go out into the unknown and make my way to wonderful places that fall outside “our property”.  But, I, also as Noodles, will normally stay within the norm, and will very rarely go outside.  I so want to go outside the property line and do things with my life I have never done before.  My heart leaps when I think that I would love to publish some of my writings, or when I look at something beautiful and want to step out into an uneasy place to take a picture.  I tend to wait so long that the dreams disappear and I wait for someone to come to me, and they don’t come.  Today, I pray God will give me extra gumption as I do something new for me.  I pray He will help me go past the property line and that He will remain with me as I walk the unknown path.  And, I know He will do just that, He will remain with me.

Prayer:  God, thank you for bringing opportunities to us that take us to new and maybe scary places.  Please be with us on each step of the way where we can be assured that you are near.  Help us feel Your presence with us.  We praise You today.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:   Those trying new or unfamiliar things

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