By faith, Abraham when called to go to a place he would later receive as an inheritance, obeyed and went even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews 11:8
Today’s passage is one of my favorites from the Book of Hebrews. I memorized this particular passage over 10 years ago when my wife was going through a women’s Bible study called “First Place.” Part of the First Place objectives was to memorize a weekly Bible passage. When my wife was finished with her lesson book, I would take it, look at all the Scriptures, and put them to memory. This would take weeks to accomplish but these passages, like today’s passage in particular, helped me on my journey with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
You see, every journey begins with the seemingly simple decision to go to a new place. In most cases we choose the journey and select the best route to get there. However, sometimes the journey and the route are selected for us.
Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is a journey no one chooses to take on their own. Nonetheless, it is a journey just like Abraham’s. Why do I say that? Because you have no earthly idea where you are going, what specifically lies ahead, or how long it will take until the journey ends. One thing I do know is God is there and He prepares a perfect path for those who love Him. All you need do is be obedient, fully trust in His perfect guidance, and relinquish complete control to Him. Ultimately, God is in control and He will lead you through the valley along the least difficult path if you will trust in Him.
This is perhaps the hardest part of the journey, letting go and allowing God to have complete control of your situation. Trusting in God is the critical first step. You either go with God, trusting in Him, or you go it alone, ignoring Him.
I chose to walk this journey with Him knowing His guidance will put me on the perfect path through the Alzheimer’s valley. There is absolutely no place I’d rather be than right alongside Him as I continue along my journey! How about you?