It happened to Joshua during the battle of Jericho, to Noah when he built the ark, and to the disciples. God asks you to do something that in the world’s eyes seems foolish. There is no rhyme or reason behind what He has asked you to do, but you know He asked and you can either look foolish or be foolish.
How foolish Joshua must have looked to the city of Jericho marching around their walls, for seven days and on the seventh day, marching around their walls seven times.
How foolish Noah must have looked to his neighbors and friends while building an ark and living inside of it for seven days before it even began to rain.
How foolish the disciples must have looked to their community during the 3 days after Jesus was crucified. Pouring their lives into Jesus, declaring He was in fact the awaited Son of God, and then He was dead.
When it would have been easier to walk away, Joshua, Noah, and the disciples pushed through believing the voice of God anyway, and then God performed a miracle. What if Joshua became insecure and stopped marching before the walls crumble or if Noah gave up and stopped building before the rain started. There are multiple examples in the Bible when God asks His people to just do what He said and trust Him the rest of the way, no matter how foolish they may look through the eyes of the world. And when they did, God performed a miracle.
How foolish I must look packing up my life and moving across the country for no seemingly good reason other then, God told me to.
I get asked all the time, ‘Why did you move?” And I have no solid answer other than I know, without a shadow of a doubt, God lead me here. And in those moments I struggle with not wanting to look foolish. I don’t know when my walls will come crumbling down or when my apparent “dead” prayers will in fact resurrect into something beautifully impossible. But I’ve realized that if I keep my focus on answering to God and not overwhelmed with trying to answer to everyone else, than I’ll be able to continue on to what I know God has asked me to do, in spite of how foolish it may look. There is always something hanging in the balance that is bigger and greater than our act of obedience. I never want to look back and wonder what that could have been if I didn’t give up and had stayed obedient.
I have a choice. At the end of the day, would I rather look foolish in the world’s eyes or be foolish in God’s eyes?