I recently heard a story of a woman who had the same vision for 45 days straight.
And it was an odd one.
In the vision, she saw herself doing a handstand in the middle of a gas station convenience store.
Of course, she thought this was ridiculous. Why would she ever want to do a handstand? Let alone in the middle of a convenience store?
The vision continued until one day when she was standing outside of a 7/11 filling up her tank. She peered through the windows and saw no one inside except the cashier.
What’s there to lose?
She went inside and snuck into a side aisle, hoping the cashier couldn’t see her.
Bending down, she placed her hands on the crumb-filled floor, and hoisted up her weight. She did a handstand in the middle of a convenience store.
Satisfied that she followed what she thought was God’s prompting, she stood up and began walking back outside. On her way out, she noticed the cashier crying.
“Did you just do a handstand?” he asked her through sobs.
“Just twenty minutes ago,” he continued, “I prayed that if God was real, he would have someone stand on their head in front of me.”
The woman probably thought that doing a handstand was downright ridiculous. Yet, God used her obedience in ways she couldn’t have imagined.
Most of the time, we don’t see the whole picture of what God has in store for us when we follow him.
And sometimes following God doesn’t look how you think it should.
Caught up in what everyone else is doing, we can miss out on our true calling: Simply to follow Christ. To press our faces into the shoulder blades of Jesus so that wherever he leads we will follow. It took me years to learn that lesson in obedience.
You follow me.
It’s a sacred echo I’ve heard again and again in my own life. And sometimes we all need the reminder:
Don’t be distracted by what others are doing. Don’t worry about the speed, productivity, or efficiency of others. Stay the course. You follow me.
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Fill in the blank: My favorite passage or verse to pray when I don't know where to begin is ___________.
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Gather. As we gather for the Summer Bible Study, let’s discuss this question (click here to leave your response as a comment):
In what ways is God challenging you to “follow me” right now? What is stopping you from responding in obedience?
*REMINDER: Next week is a BREAK WEEK from the Summer Bible Study. Go on a fun outing with your small group, enjoy the holiday weekend, spend time catching up if you’re behind. We’ll see you back here on Monday, July 7th.