Go Where God Tells You to Go
By Beula Postlewait
“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’” (Genesis 11:1-3, NIV)
Abram had a big choice to make. Should he leave behind everyone he knew--friends and family? Should he leave his country and his culture? Could he leave everything behind and go to a place which God did not even name? Where would he tell his friends he was going? They certainly could not follow him there in the future when God had not given him the name of the place.
Except for Lot, his nephew, and Sarai, his wife, he would leave all of his family behind. Abram would be completely dependent upon God. That trip could be a scary thing. Abram trusted God and went where He told him to go.
In 1967, I left southern Ohio to come to Kansas City to work on a master’s degree in education at the University of Missouri—Kansas City. I had a sister living in Kansas City, so I didn’t have to leave all of my family when I came. Little did I know how important that decision in my life would be. I had thought that I would stay in Ohio and get a master’s degree from Ohio University. God had a different path designed for me.
I enjoyed my studies at UMKC where I worked as a graduate assistant. After graduation, I began teaching in an elementary school in one of the suburban districts. I was young and single, and teaching was such a joy! Several of the teachers in my building were wives of seminary students, and we carpooled together.
At Kansas City First Church, I met a guy named Jim Postlewait. After a year of dating, we were married. I continued teaching until we had our first child. I stayed home until both of our daughters were in elementary school. At that point in my life, I took a part-time job in Children’s Ministries at the Nazarene Headquarters. Thirty-one years later, I would retire from working in Children’s Ministries.
It was one big decision for me—to come to Kansas City instead of staying in Ohio.
It was one big decision for Abram—to leave his home and family and go to an unnamed place. Because of Abram’s faith, he received God’s blessing.
What is God asking you to do? Are there changes in your career path? Are you accepting more responsibility than in the past? Have you been presented with new challenges in your teaching?
Are you willing to step out in faith, trusting God to help you meet the unknown future, the challenges that seem to stretch your ability, or the moving to a new school or situation?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)
Sometimes those paths lead to places we never dreamed we would be!