New Territory. Walking into Freedom. Untrodden Paths.
Change is scary.
Deciding to walk away from long held traditions of man into the
uncharted territory of freedom and grace is unsettling.
There are many ahead and behind you on this journey. We all end up at a place where we wonder if we can go on and, if we do, what is on the other side.
Amy is one of those fellow travelers who shares her bridge crossing moment.
May her words encourage your heart.
Guest Post by Amy.
It was a vibrant fall day and I was restlessly waiting for a photo session with a client. I was early and the only person around for at least a mile. I was beginning my journey of needing to leave legalism and its corrupt system but just didn't know if I actually could.
I walked and walked praying and asking God to show me what I needed to do.
To show me truth.
I came across this bridge. It seemed like my life at that time. I stood there and knew I could cross over and see something amazing or just be disappointed. I felt like God was saying just cross over.
I began to cry and I was so happy at that point my client had 30 minutes before their session and they are notoriously late. I began to argue with God and reason with Him. I didn't know if I was strong enough to do something new. As painful as it was there was something comforting staying with "what I have always known". I was afraid to cross the bridge to leaving. I wish I was a strong Christian and just obeyed God. I stood my ground for so long until I just couldn't stand there anymore. I was so afraid….what if I am wrong? If God is leading me it cant be wrong….right?
Finally I walked across the bridge- I also crossed my spiritual bridge that day. I walked up the hill past a trickling little creek to an open pasture with a preserved 1800's pioneer village, complete with cabins, corral, barn, implements and a little church. It was so amazingly peaceful. I changed the location of our shoot to this village just so I could stay there longer.
God led me, I crossed and found peace.
In a week I am going to cross another bridge to a finding a new church. I am scared, standing at the bridge. This time I am holding Daddy's hand. I know when I cross, that peaceful clearing is there waiting for me. I can't see past the trees just yet, but I will.
We are all on a journey and are at different places on that journey. I am just so thankful that God says if we seek Him He will be there. As scary as not knowing what is ahead might be, God is leading us to the open ground just past the forest. I don't know why I shared all this I just felt like I needed to. I have struggled with a lot of negative on my journey to freedom and hope and I hate being negative. I wanted to share a positive on my journey.
The positive of how amazing God is even when I am afraid to take the next step.