On December 31, 2010, I heard a powerful New Year’s Eve sermon; it was entitled, “Go North”. This was the call given by God to the children of Israel after they had traveled around the same mountain for 40 years. For 40 years, they traveled in a circle until God declared that they had walked out and off the things that would hinder them from possessing Canaan land. They were always destined for Canaan, but they weren’t equipped until they took a lengthy trek around this chosen mountain, Mt. Seir. Indeed, 40 years earlier, the Israelites proved their ill equipped state when after being commanded by God to traverse into the Promised Land, they dug their heels in and refused to move as God willed. So, God had them to travel around the mountain until they had walked out their fear, their laziness, their unbelief, and their attachments to unhealthy relationships and practices. (And once they began moving in the right direction, He then only allowed them come as far as Jordan, it wouldn’t be until Joshua that they would inherit the Promised Land.) All of this had to be achieved before they could acquire the things that God had been patiently waiting to give them. Because God, indeed, wants to do a great work in us and with us, He’ll let us travel a path of our own creation, allowing us to repeat the same easy, comfortable, unproductive patterns until we have either finally learned our lesson or we’ve simply worn ourselves out. Then, He’ll offer us sweet relief from our self-destructive ways and tell us to, “Ye have encompassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward. (Deuteronomy 2:3)”
So the focus of this column will be “Heading North”. For a year, I’ve been considering this concept, and this year , dear readers, Lady Di has provide the space and the Holy Spirit will provide us the wisdom to move northward together. In order to transition to this new phase of our lives, to press toward the mark, the high call, we must shed some things, shake ourselves loose of bad habits and bad people. We’ve got to reroute ourselves and head north, looking unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith as well as our FATE.
Moving with the purpose of Moses and the speed of Harriet,