Years ago, I bought a little hatchback with a 4-cylinder engine, reining in 81-horses under the hood. (Compare that with the most popular vehicle sold in Kentucky right now that has over 350 horsepower.) That little car screamed at high speeds. Like, not in a good way. The RPMs got way up there in fourth gear, and things got kinda loud. Now, for some reason, the speedometer registered 135 mph. No idea why, since I think it would have only topped out at that speed if I’d dropped it from a sufficient height. I drove that humble little car for several years at the beginning of our marriage. We made long-distance moves in it. And piled on the miles until we finally landed back “home” here in Central Kentucky. We did just what today’s scripture said. We left our families and went, trying our best to listen to God and follow His lead.
I’m thankful that God’s “leave and go” invitation to Abraham is bookended with God’s instruction to Jacob to “return to your country and to your relatives, and I will make you prosper.” Maybe He’s said to you—or is saying to you in this season—something like, “Hey, friend… I’ve got an idea. Stop what you’re doing here. I’ve got something—somewhere—to show you.”
The God who helps us pause and listen, then follow Him, will lead us full circle. A full stop or even a holding pattern isn’t a bad thing. He tends to do something amazingly intentional when we are responsive to His invitation to hold our horses for a minute, get aligned with Him, then follow.
The best advice I can give is this: Stop when God says Stop; Go when He says Go. Prayer is how we learn to do both most effectively. The fact is that God wants overwhelming good for your life. Get up close to Him. Stop, listen, sit with Him… whatever that looks like for you. But stop first. Then, when it’s time, run toward what He’s guiding you to.
Stop. Sit. Listen. What does that look like for you? How does it feel? Do you do it regularly? Or has it been a while? God welcomes you either way. He’d be overjoyed to have you take those steps today. Stop, right now. Sit with Him a bit. And pay attention to what He might be doing or saying.