“I want to go, but what if I’m the only girl?” my sweet eight year old asks me. She is debating going hunting – pink duck boots and all – with Daddy.
“Well, you’ll be a trailblazer.” I offer.
I can tell she doesn’t quite understand, so I explain, “You’ll be the one to lead the way. Cutting out a trail for those who come after. Who knows? Maybe other girls are waiting for someone to go first.”
(And I try to muffle my sigh. Because I never thought I’d be encouraging my daughter to go hunting. Oh, the things we do.)
And weeks later, I still can’t get the word out of my mind…
Every time the word comes up, I think of this community of dreamers. And those who are going first.
Risking it all to say, “Yes,” to God’s call. Getting sideways glances, because it’s OK to love Jesus, but not OK to talk about Him.
Perhaps the first one in their family to take God at His word and truly trust He can do anything.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
And those who are blazing trails among their non-believing friends.
You, friend, are a game changer. (<==== Click to tweet)
The girl who often feels misunderstood in her God-sized dream. So different.
Brave trailblazer, you might not be imagining it.
You could simply be different. Given a different spirit, even.
A lot like Caleb.
Back in the days of Moses, after God had brought the Israelites out of Egypt, He had them send twelve men to check out the land of Canaan and report back. It was discovered the land was plentiful – milk and honey flowed, and there was fruit. But it was well protected by a group of people so large, they made the spies look like grasshoppers.
Caleb believed they should still go in and take possession of the land. He felt they could, “certainly do it.”
The other spies didn’t agree.
Caleb didn’t just have a different view, Numbers 14:24 says this:
“But because My servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows Me wholeheartedly,
I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.”
Numbers 14:24 (NIV, emphasis mine)
A different spirit.
Not one that follows the world, but one that trusts in the unseen power of God. To believe Him and to take Him at His word. Knowing that when He says you can go against giants, you move forward. Having faith the world would call crazy.
You have a different spirit as well – you have the power of the Holy Spirit in you, friend. (<==== Click to tweet)
Carve that path. Keep moving forward and listening to His voice. Keep praying.
One day you’ll look behind and see an amazing sight, on the very trail you blazed. God will use it to lead others to Christ.
“ For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
How can I be in prayer for you this weekend, trailblazer?
Shared by: Christine Wright
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