Saturday, January 2, 2010

Will you go out without knowing?

"By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out not knowing where he was going." -Hebrews 11:8

I KNOW not what will befall me: God hangs a mist over my eyes;
And thus, each step of my onward path, He makes new scenes arise,
And every joy He sends to me comes like a sweet surprise.

I see not a step before me as I tread on another year;
But I have left the past in God’s keeping,—the future His mercy shall clear,
And what looks dark in the distance may brighten as I draw near.

For perhaps the dreaded future is less bitter than I think;
The Lord may sweeten the waters before I stoop to drink;
Or, if Marah must be Marah, He will stand beside its brink.

It may be He keeps waiting, for the coming of my feet,
Some gift of such rare blessedness, some joy so strangely sweet,
That my lips shall only tremble with the thanks they cannot speak.

O restful, blissful ignorance! It is bless√ęd not to know;
It keeps me still in those mighty arms which will not let me go,
and lulls my weariness to rest on the bosom that loves me so.

So I go on not knowing,—I would not if I might;
I would rather walk in the dark with God than go alone in the light;
I would rather walk with Him by faith than walk alone by sight.

My heart shrinks back from trials which the future may disclose,
Yet I never had sorrow but what the dear Lord chose;
So I send the coming tears back with the whispered word, “He knows.”

- Mary Gardiner Brainard 

Have you ever "gone out" in this way?

My New Year's resolution was to make no resolutions this year...but then this subject in "My Utmost for His highest" today. When we went into ministry in 1998 this was what we did, we heard the Lord calling and we said "Whatever you ask, Lord, we will do it."  This step of faith was seen by our friends and family as stupid and reckless.  One of our family members told us "Julle is nou heeltemal van die pad af."  (You have now totally lost the plot).  It has been an amazing 11 years, never knowing what the Lord is going to do next, a forever adventure of living on the edge. As the years progressed we became comfortable and I am afraid that we will fall into a comfort zone and no longer hear His voice when He calls us on to a new adventure.  Now I am challenged to "go out" in every area of my life, trusting in God entirely.



  1. If I am sure I am hearing God, I would go. There really is no other way to live.

  2. I battle with letting God take control as opposed to me being in control but I am learning. Beautiful poem.

  3. hi Lynette, a lovely meaningful piece u wrote here.. it reminded me of Mary telling Gabriel the angel.. "so be it" when he told her that she was the chosen one to give birth to Jesus.. "Be It Unto Me"...
    yes, i also dont want to make resolutions which i will tend to break.. let each day be guided by our Lord..

  4. What a pertinent question, and for this time of year too!
    i pray i have the strength to make the right decisions this year and 'go out'.

  5. You will always hear His voice and follow Him... Thanks so much for sharing this! What amazing faith and totally commitment you've shown! You are an inpiration!

  6. *Smile*
    Because Oswald's book is going to be part of my journey again this year too.
    It has been a few times before but it somehow always stays fresh and shows me new things.
    Nice to think of you doing it with me.

    I think we often think of "big things" ito of going out: but maybe it starts with the small things?
    That takes a special intentional sensitivity to God just because it is so easy to think "its just me" which makes it easy to ignore.

    You have been faithful in so many ways in this area - I am sure that more will be put into your hand because of that.
    Well, He said so didn't He?! :-)

  7. Beautiful. I can feel that moment so clearly, when you pause close your eye and take a deep breathe.

    For many of us it is in the looking back that we see how faithful He is.

    "And every joy He sends to me comes like a sweet surprise."

  8. Allie, so glad we will be on this journey together this year...

    Meriel, it is amazing that sometimes we have to drag ourselves to kneel at His feet and then He just blows us away with what joy He fills us with...such wonderful reward.

  9. Beautiful Lynette.
    And I agree with Meriel, it is in the looking back that we see how He has carried us through trying times, and led us to the path.
    You are an inspirational woman x

  10. Oh Lynette, just what we need to hear at the start of the new year.

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  12. As difficult as it is to live this way we have learnt over the years that you can't fight God & our plans don't work out well without him in it - of course sometimes people will think we're a bit cuckoo but God's opinion of us is ultimately more important ;-D

  13. This is such a huge testimony to complacency, which so many are doing or like doing. But God calls us to be ready always! It sounds to me that you were and that He has continually taken your ministry on an adventure! Being open to that adventure is what keeps us on our toes!

    I love it when the Lord speaks. Even if that means we must get out of the boat and water walk!

    Happy day friend!


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