Pasturelands

    1. Joshua 21 details the giving out of cities and land to the Levites. It mentions the descendants of Aaron specifically.
    2. By lot, by the Lord’s choice, each tribe gave up some of their cities and the land around it to the Levites.
    3. They were to have pasturelands for their livestock.
    4. This reminded me of the recent lesson about how we’re each given a job to do, and we only have to do our job, not someone else’s.
    5. We’re each given a territory too.
    6. The Lord puts us in position to be His light, His hands and feet in the place where He, well, places us.
    7. I struggled coming back to America. What place was there for me here? It didn’t feel the same as all as being placed right in the middle of ghetto areas, as walking the red light district, as sharing a wall with refugee families, living side by side.
    8. But it was the place He put me. And He can move us. It seems like He really thinks highly of moving His people.
    9. If you go through the study I wrote on Be Ye Separate, every one of those stories involve someone people sent away from their home.
    10. I think it must have to be with how we settle into our ways; we get comfortable. We know what we’re doing and how we do it, so we don’t need to seek Him and acknowledge Him in all our ways.
    11. When He nudges us out of the nest, so to speak, He can get our attention. We needed Him overseas in ways we never had needed Him before.
    12. He showed Himself to us in new ways. We got to meet our good Father and healer and rescuer and deliverer. It was worth it a million times over.
    13. I understand the hesitation in letting your kids go off to college or move away to pursue a job. I understand the wanting to encourage them to stay home, stay close.
    14. Or, maybe it’s the other way around and you’re the one fearing stepping out on your own.
    15. But, leaving the nest is probably the best thing that could happen. It will require relying on God and not what feels safe and comfortable.
    16. God has a territory picked out for you, for each of His children. He’s got a purpose for us all in that place.
    17. Follow Him there and complete those good works prepared for you.