"To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!" (Psalm 123:1)
Time and again I have wondered what it would have been like to walk across the bridge in Selma with Dr. King. I was a small boy when hundreds took their courageous walk into the very bowels of segregation and all of its violent prejudice. Would I have had the intestinal fortitude to accept the challenge? Would I even trust God enough to risk my safety? Would I even see the value of the pilgrimage?
Psalm 123 is a pilgrimage psalm, sung as the faithful returned from exile back to Jerusalem. Their journey was also one of courage. The land they would cross was barren and dangerous. They experienced thirst, hunger, and fear. This required each pilgrim to trust the others in the group, and God, for their protection. It would have been easier to stay in Babylon - the only land their generation ever knew. But they accepted God's call for their life. They would have to trust in God's care.
What is God calling you to do that is uncomfortable? Perhaps God is challenging you to step out of your comfort zone at work. Maybe God is nudging you to make a commitment in your personal life. In your prayers today, take some time to silently sit and let God speak to the still small voice within you. Let God create ideas and mental images of what you need to do next in your life. Often, God calls us to the uncomfortable. Yet, God calls those who can make a real difference. If God is calling you to journey down a difficult road, then God believes you are uniquely qualified for the challenge. Take courage, and walk the road God has called you to follow.