Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Territory

I was running along minding my own business when I started to become more aware of my surrounding. Something began to feel different. I felt alone. I was approaching
The Bridge Between the Familiar and the Unfamiliar
a wooded area. There didn't appear to be anyone around. I was starting to feel unsafe. I knew that I needed to get myself out of that area and back to the main park area where many people where available to me.

Just at the right moment, I heard voices. I didn't know where they were coming from. Were they safe voices or were they unsafe voices? I took a deep breath and when I looked up, there were three bicyclists on the opposite side of the street.

I was no longer alone. Anyone lurking in the woods was sure to be scared off. I refocused and got out of the wooded area as quickly as I could. Here are the three lessons I learned: 

Even in times when you feel you're on the path alone, keep trudging forward. Sometimes, we think we are traveling alone. The truth is that we are never alone. God promised "to never leave [us] nor forsake [us]." He is always with us. God also knows who to send and just when to send them. 

Unfamiliar paths lead to greatness. Trust that God has allowed you to travel that path for a reason. "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." - Psalm 119:105. Everyone is not meant to travel the same paths. There's a path set aside just for you. Follow it. Go boldly. Don't turn back. You get to set the tone for others to follow. 

Be willing to trot new, unfamiliar paths. Since growth only comes when you step outside of your comfort zone, you have to be willing to try new things. Deuteronomy 31:6 reminds us to "Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you He will not fail you or forsake you.When you try new things, you open the door to new possibilities. You expand your worth. You position yourself for even greater things. Get uncomfortable. Try something new.

When facing new territory, just GO!!

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