Path to Promise
Over the course of the past week, God had shown up with vivid visual encounters to reveal promises to me of how He would get us through such a difficult time. I remember coming out of those encounters feeling as light as a feather and with the excitement that I had been walking through Heaven.
Little did I know, that was an instruction manual before a “driving test” that He would have me go through. The very moment that I came out of those encounters, it was as though we rounded a corner and found ourselves on a high, dangerous cliff of a mountain.
God was taking us through a path to promise that He had planned, but it was very narrow and there were potential hazards that we would have to trust God to get us through.
The first part of the path happened out of nowhere. The basket of support that God had sent us to cover the hotel where we had stayed for more than a month was suddenly empty…or so it looked at that moment.
It was as though there was an unexpected pit in the center of the road, and I had to act quickly to avoid falling into something horrible. Long story short, we had to leave, and we left in the middle of the night.
I felt like I was with Mary and Joseph, having to rush to relocate in the darkness of night in order to protect the prophetic “promise” from the dangers of being attacked in the warfare.
So we quickly gathered our things and rushed off to follow God on the path to promise. The path continued to be full of dangers, and it was like following a very narrow trail on the edge of a mountain.
By that point, the winds of doubt and fear were starting to blow in, as I was faced with the exact opposite “seeming” circumstances than what God promised. One thing I have experienced every single time… is there is always a balance when God gives us something big by faith.
Those promised revelations will be equally tested with resisting conditions before they become fulfilled. That time just before the prophetic promise happens can be like walking through a tornado.
Nothing will look like it is supposed to, and the warfare swirling around like tempest winds can leave our heads spinning in confusion. The promise has to become the anchor for our thoughts and more than ever before…that is when you have to hold onto your hopes with an iron grip.
It was a test of trust and in whose “report” I would believe when I found myself stranded without a way to move forward.
I was not sure of when God would deliver what He promised to send for the next steps, so we went to a nice rest area and waited on the rescue that God had revealed would come. There was a homeless man without a car at the rest area that was all bundled in a coat and sitting beside the entrance.
Just seeing him there sitting on the cold concrete was both deeply humbling and incredibly scary for me. I had deep compassion and love for him, but at the same time, I was sick to my stomach with the fears for our own dire situation.
One of my promises from God through this time is that we would not be “homeless” on the streets and that God would be our home, by providing our refuge. So the fear of that homelessness is one of my greatest enemies against my promise.
I cannot even express to you in words the pressure, fear, and heat of that moment. I had only a few dollars at that time, and I was also running low on fuel. It was like “crickets” in the night. There was no one around to help us, and there was no way to get through, or so it appeared.
I had a moment when all the “what if’s” were coming against me of how this outcome could be or of how devastating the path would become.
As I faced the windstorm of possible bad outcomes all around me, I decided to no longer look to the things that the storm was screaming. I closed my eyes and I thought about all that God promised.
By faith, I took myself back to those heavenly moments that I had with God, and I remembered the plans that He had shown me about this path we are on. It was like an instant calm came over me and I rejected those winds of bad outcomes and terrible fears being done.
Just about the time when I was reflecting on the path that God had revealed and His promises about what would be done, something happened and God made a way for us to move forward. The winds of fury against us quickly came to a halt…
Someone who followed God’s leading and not their own understanding, quickly respond to God’s nudges and sent us the money that we needed to go someplace else to find refuge.
After being awake all night, I was very tired and so thankful to be blessed with a place to lay my head. We found a hotel that the Lord revealed, and we paid for 2 nights there to recover.
The part of walking through so many circumstances that are filled with many threats of bad outcomes or dreaded things being done, is finding the personal path to promise that God has made for each individual journey.
That is where the peace that calms the storm is found….
I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
Jeremiah 29:11 The Message
God always has a plan, a path, and a promise. One night God showed it to me like following a Pokémon Go route. The path is “premade” and we just have to follow where God is highlighting to get through it.
There is always a way. Although sometimes that way looks something like a very narrow road full of dangers on both sides with the risks of falling off of the mountainside. The one thing that is never failing, is what God has promised.
As I prepare today to see where God will take us next for tomorrow, I am looking to His promises and placing my trust in what He has revealed. For those with a promised outcome from God, you can usually plan to have to “walk through” things that look completely contradictory to what He has said.
However, those contradicting fearful things are not going to happen. They are like illusions of smoke that have no substance. God has a plan for every single situation that you are facing.
So why would I fear the future? Only goodness and tender love pursue me all the days of my life. Then afterward, when my life is through, I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you! Psalm 23:6 TPT
I pray that God will reveal the next steps on your journey and that the path that He has for your individual way will be illuminated by His sweet, loving presence.
God is with us through the path to promise, and knowing that is the greatest power to overcome every possible danger that may be threatening against the promised outcome.
I love you so much! Thank you for being there beside us on this path to promise.