When my son Stephen was 8, he was invited to stay overnight at a cousin’s house. It was his first time away from home and it all sounded like an exciting adventure. But when my wife and I took him there, he started getting that homesick feeling. With tears glistening in his eyes and his voice quivering, he said, “Mommy, I don’t feel so good. I’d better go home with you.”
My wife responded, “It’s up to you, but I know you’d have a good time.”
“But Mommy,” Stephen whimpered, “they said they were going to climb a big hill tomorrow, and I’ve never been there before!”
We too can become fearful sometimes as we look ahead, because we’ve “never been there before.” But just as the Lord took care of Joshua and Israel (Joshua 3), He will take care of us.
Perhaps right now you are anxious about some new and untried pathway on which the Lord is leading you. Then listen to God’s Word and take courage: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. . . . He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:1,3).
Place your hand by faith in your heavenly Father’s hand, and let Him lead the way.
God does not ask us to go where He does not lead.