My 9 year old wanted to have a “camp out” in the back yard, but considering we live in East Dallas, there is not much back yard in which to camp out. She kept on asking and pressing and asking and pressing…you get the point…so I agreed to let her have a camp out in the back yard. The only catch; she wanted to do it alone. She had captured this idea in her head to go on a new adventure. After some thought on how we could make this happen, we decided to let her go on this new adventure. Her only camping companion was gonna be Harley, our protective Boxer dog. That means that good ol’ dad will be sleeping on the hardwood floors next to the back door…I could already feel the crick in my neck developing hours before I went to sleep.
Well, the time came for her to go outside. She slipped on her warm pj’s, her flannel robe and headed toward the tent with Harley eagerly tagging along. There was just a small bit of nervous anticipation as she embarked on her new journey. I zipped her and the dog into the tent and went back inside to sleep by the door with the back windows open. Several times throughout the night I went outside to check on her and she was sleeping like a baby.
The next morning as I slowly sipped my coffee, my daughter proudly walked into the house as fresh and perky as ever. She was feeling very fulfilled with the accomplishment of her task. She excitedly told me, her father, how quickly she fell asleep, how the dog woke her up when he wanted to be petted and how she went right back to sleep.
As I thought about what she had done, it reminded me a bit of what the Lord does for us. God plants new ideas and fresh desires into our lives. He begins to sow seeds for the future and gives us fresh vision for what He has for us to do. Then, He allows us to step out to put that vision into action. Sometimes the vision that God gives us for our lives can seem a little scary – but if it doesn’t cause you to be a little nervous then it probably isn’t big enough. One good thing is that God doesn’t send us alone, He sends the Holy Spirit with us to be our strength and comfort in the process.
Then, as we step out in faith and are able to see some of those things accomplished God wants us to come and tell Him everything. It’s not like He doesn’t already know, He just wants us to have a time of fellowship with Him…what father doesn’t want to hear from his children?
The vision, if from God, will stir us and move us to action. Andy Stanley says it this way, “Vision evokes emotion. There is no such thing as emotionless vision”. That thing (desire, dream, idea) that God put in your heart compels us to action. I like the words of T.E. Lawrence when he said: “All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake to the day to find it was all vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for the many act out their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible…”
God has good plans for our life. In fact, we were created with a divine purpose. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Discover what new adventure God has in store for you and then “go camping”.
What is God speaking to your life? Are you willing to take the risk of obedience?
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”