The Journey / by daniel hamlin

There are times in life when the Lord asks us to walk a path without giving us all the details; He simply asks us to follow His voice. For me, this journey is one of those times. It can be a truly difficult decision to respond in action to His leading. I’ll be honest, sometimes the Lord has to patiently prod me along in order to get me moving. But I’ve found that it’s often on those paths, when I’m out of my comfort zone and I’m aware of my utter dependence on the Lord, that Jesus shows up in a very real and tangible way. And as I walk my path with Jesus I’ve become sure of only one thing in life: I need more of Jesus; the world needs more of Jesus. It is too easy for me to complicate life, and unfortunately this habit has a way of spilling over into my faith, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. That’s what this journey is about.

I take great comfort in the fact that a number of Jesus’ disciples (His closest friends and followers) were fishermen and unlearned individuals. Jesus would use these men to spread His salvation to the ends of the earth. He used these men to literally change the course of the world for the greatest cause of all time, the cause of Love. When you boil it all down, the only thing His disciples did to accomplish this was to simply testify to their friendship with Jesus. As a result of their willingness to do this, Jesus confirmed their testimonies in very real and powerful ways. It wasn’t complicated for them, and I believe Jesus doesn’t want it to be complicated for us. He simply wants relationship. And if He can use something as simple as a fishermen’s testimony to change the world, then maybe I’m not too crazy for believing He can use a surfer’s to change at least someone’s perspective about Him.

John the Baptist once confessed concerning Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” I hope and pray that through this journey that would be the case in my life.