My husband Josh has always been a hand holder. Ten years ago when we went to Hawaii for our honeymoon he held my hand every where we walked and since we were both too young to rent a car we walked… a lot! It’s harder to hold hands when we have our littles ones around, because they need us to hold their hands, or one of us is pushing a stroller, which is kind of hard to do one handed. But when it’s just us, on a date night, or on vacation, we are hand in hand.
Last week, when we were shopping State Street in Santa Barbara, I had no idea how to get where we needed to go 100% of the time. I am directionally challenged. If I were to have lost Josh, I would have had a hard time finding the parking garage we parked in, or the movie theater we were supposed to see an afternoon movie at. I was trusting him to get us where we needed to go. I placed my hand in his, we walked side by side, and he led me. He didn’t drag me (although I did have to remind him a few times that my legs aren’t as long as his) he just knew where he was going and since I wanted to go where he was going, it worked out nicely.
I felt led to read Hebrews 11 this morning, the always impressive faith hall of fame, and to study someone in it that I wasn’t familiar with. I found my someone in verse 5.
Because of faith Enoch was caught up and transferred to heaven, so that he did not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For even before he was taken to heaven, he received testimony [still on record] that he had pleased and been satisfactory to God.
What was this about? Someone who literally cheated death! I had to find out more about this Enoch guy.
He was Adam’s great-to the 7th power-grandson. He was also the father of the Methuselah, the guy who lived to be 969 years old, and who holds the record for oldest person in Biblical history, but those are not the reasons Enoch got a mention in Hebrews 11.
Genesis 5:24 (AMP) And Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God; and he was not, for God took him [home with Him].
He made it into the faith hall of fame along side of Abraham and Noah because he walked so closely with God that when it was time for him to leave the earth, God took him. Enoch never died. His body was never found. One day he was hanging out on planet earth, the next day he was not. He was seamlessly transferred to heaven, beamed up, not by Scotty, but by his closest friend, God.
Anytime you are willing to let someone else lead you when you don’t know where you are going, it requires faith. I put my faith in Josh when we were out of town last week. I was trusting him to get us to all of the places we wanted to visit. I wasn’t trying to pull him this was when he was going that way, I knew he knew better than me, so I just kept in step with him. If we want to walk in habitual fellowship with God, we have to decide that he’s our leader. We have to decide that He knows better than us. We have to admit that without Him we are directionally challenged, but most importantly we have to be going where He’s going.
Amos 3:3 (MSG) Do two people walk hand in hand if they aren’t going to the same place?
No Amos, they don’t!
If you want to walk as closely with your heavenly father as Enoch did you have to be going where He is going. Enoch lived differently than the rest of the world, so he was taken out of the world differently than the rest of the world. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the world we live in today let go of God’s hand a long time ago. They chose to go their own way and continue to get more and more lost as time goes by. If you want to go where God is going you have to live differently, think differently, and act differently than the world around you. God, like The Beatles, wants to hold your hand, He wants to hold your haa-aa-and, so grab on to His and don’t let go. Don’t pull this way when He’s leading you that way. Trust Him, keep in step, and enjoy watching the plans He has for you unfold.
- He wants to hold my hand.
- Josh is a hand holder.
- I always have someone holding my hand nowadays.
- Good Bible study this morning.
- “I Wanna Hold You Hand” by the Beatles.
- Had my favorite salad for lunch.
- So nice having extra hands around to put place mats down, get ice cream, and carry around Beau today at Chic Fil A.
- The kids had a fun afternoon bouncing and sliding at The Jump Zone and I had fun watching them!
- Found buy one get one free passes for The Jump Zone.
- Beau was so brave. She was hanging right in there with Gus, Drew, & Lindsay on all the big slides and obstacles courses.
- Back to work today. Last week was a good week to take off. Emails and voicemails were much lighter than I expected.
- Riveting game of Wii bowling. I came in 1st. I’m schooling these kids this week and enjoying it.
- Awesome praise report from my mother in law.
- Baby Sunny was bouncing around a little bit at The Jump Zone too. Those tiny flutters are so special.
- Air Conditioning!!
- Waking up Beau from a good nap. She’s so sweaty and so serious and so sweet.
- My nephew Justin was in a car accident and angels totally protected him and his vehicle.
- Spaghetti and meatballs for dinner.
- Big family dinner around our big dining room table.
- Josh helped clean up my big mess in the kitchen.
- Beau was loopy exhausted after dinner. She was laughing hysterically at everything.
- Teenagers are pretty fun to converse with. I’m enjoying having some people around the house during the day to talk to that are older than 5.
- Got to catch up on Food Network Star episodes we missed while we were out of town.
- Beau’s bedtime prayer. I know God looks forward to that every night.
- Beau read “Pete The Cat” to me tonight.
- Josh had a good day back in the office and hired a new awesome intern!
- Freebirds, Pei Wei, and MooYeah all open and all just 5 minutes from our house. Yay for more fast casual restaurants!