January 22, 2020
11 I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days 12 I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.
Nehemiah arrives in Jerusalem to undertake an enormous task. Rebuild the walls and temple of the city. He’s got a ton of resources at his disposal, but really no concrete idea of what he what needs to be done. He’s taken an enormous step of faith, and now it’s time to come up with a plan.
How he goes about creating the plan is what we’re going to focus on today. Nehemiah sets out during the night with a few others. We don’t know who those few others are, but we do know that he didn’t go alone. It could have been a security detail, engineers, builders, masons . . . we don’t know. But when Nehemiah had to turn a vision into a reality, he did it with a team – in some sort of community.
We ended last time by asking God for something big and trying to count the cost of what God’s “yes” might entail. Today I want you to think about the people God has brought around you. Friends, family – as Mr. Rogers once said, “Think of all the people who have helped you become who you are today”. And think of all the people around you now, who could help you become the person you want to be. Think of the people who could help you weather the personal transformation required to accept God’s “yes.” Let’s start with taking a moment to be thankful. You are loved. What an extraordinary privilege – to be loved.
And the prayer I want you to carry forward in your heart today is this, “God, what do you want to show me through my relationship with this person?” If you can, pick two or three times today to pray that prayer, and see what happens.