17 When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea.[c] Thus the Israelites left Egypt like an army ready for battle.[d]
Had I known three years ago what I was facing, I would have run screaming and never even tried. I was not ready. I was not strong. I was not prepared. I was not able. Such the reminder that He is already up ahead, providing everything we need. The right answers at the right time. The right way, never left on our own, no, He is there. Even when we cannot see, He speaks. And our heart knows. I heard something fall as I lay in bed last night...I knew exactly what it was. And I smiled. I was questioning yet again, getting all worked up when I needed rest...and the card on my dresser mirror slipped down. I knew the sound.....His voice in the smallest of things resounded big in my heart....
Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”