I have been encouraged to restart my ramblings; but not by Lisa, for she hears my ramblings way too much – so here I begin to head down the rabbit trails of a mind that has an erratic stream of consciousness. For those that stumble across my rabbit trails, it is my hope for these words to be encouraging, thought provoking, edifying, and always – God glorifying.
The past two years continue to be part of an experience in my life journey that has been – well, baffling. I will share more as the weeks progress into months, but my prayer is that as 2018 nears, my journey will be a coming out of the wandering in the unknown into the land of deeper service, deeper worship, and a deeper walk with God. But know this, for those like me that still feel like you’re wandering in a wilderness – God can and will use these times. Some great lessons in the Bible are while people are in the wilderness.
Here is just one of those lessons. I like to hike and I miss the trails of the Shenandoah. Dallas has few trails (getting to know Cedar Hill area quite well) but they still feel very close to civilization. When I hike, I normally go alone. I get away from it all and everyone. It is a great time to think, to pray, to sing without worrying if I am in key, and to just go at my own pace. And for a few hours, I see very few people. It is also a time that I realize I need people. These two years away from Friendship have also taught me I miss being connected, I crave deeper relationships, and I was designed by God to need others – We all need community – a Tribe.
Adam was lonely – and Eve enters the story. Moses had Aaron and Joshua. David had Jonathan. Jesus choose twelve. Paul had Timothy, and others. Hebrews 10 tells us not to forsake the assembling together – We Need Each Other.
Urban Dictionary defines Tribe as “A group of friends that would do anything for each other, at just about any time. Friends that have been together for a decade or a day, but are loyal, loving, honest, and fun-loving. The Tribe consists of people that you expect to grow old together with …”
I love those times alone on the trails, but I don’t want to stay that way – I need a Tribe. And so do you. Who’s your tribe? Spend some time with them this week.
UP NEXT – What if I feel I don’t have a tribe? What if I feel I am all alone?