Melanie called today to warn me of a conversation she had. It seems our friend Keith has issues with my trip and believes it is foolish, that I’ll never have the money to pull it off or something bad will happen. He’s worried about what could go wrong so long on the road. This is the first open opposition I’ve had from any of my friends. This is a common tactic of the enemy; I’m surprised he hasn’t used it before.
There are supportive friends and then there are those who aren’t listening to the voice of God. But then again why should they, it’s not their God given dream. I’d like to tell him and any other naysayer that things are under control. God has everything worked out and I anticipate wonderful things on this journey. Thankfully my faith is strong and I am undaunted by his concern. I know my God will come through. Never worry about what others say, listen to what God had told you and hang onto it. If friends voice legitimate concerns, listen and act if necessary. They may be sent by God to help you see an area that you need to look more closely. But if they are trying to keep you from God’s goals then do as Jesus did…
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matthew 16:23 (NIV)
I am fortunate to have such a close circle of friends that do see what God is doing and are excited to be a part of it. We all need a support team behind us not matter what God has called us to do.
“Don't let anyone steal your dream. It's your dream, not theirs. - Dan Zadra”
Pretrip journal entry - 5.10.09