Crystal Hornback is in full-time ministry, a mom of three, and a fabulous blogger. She’s also one of the Come With Me study leaders.
Sometimes Jesus’ invitation is to pause and embrace His words just for you.
This is Crystal’s #ComeWithMe story. ~ Suzie
Will You Come?
It captured me when I least expected it, even though moments before I had been asking (more like begging) for it.
The Come With Me retreat was going more flawlessly than I could have imagined. God was moving… powerfully.
Women were hearing Him… loudly.
Will you come?
Will you follow where I lead?
I served on the sidelines, waving my arms every so often, “Hellooooo, Lord! I have already said Yes… I will follow… just tell me where!” I was only a few chapters into Come With Me, but nearly every word of every page had resonated.
My soul was stirring. “Yes, Lord! YES!”
My family had been at a crossroads. We were willing, ready.
Where was He?
There are markers in your faith where you’re just rolling along, and suddenly you come face-to-face with the beauty of God. -Come With Me
After a beautiful riverside devotional, the women split up, each on a mission to explore the ranch. I needed a breather.
Earlier in the day, I’d overlooked a giant sign and nearly entered a restricted area of the river as I reveled in my newfound kayaking abilities. I decided to walk the riverbank to see where that destination led, had my companions not gotten my attention.
It appeared that others had missed the sign as well.
Just over the falls rested a handful of stranded canoes and kayaks, nose and bottoms up.
Sitting at the water’s edge, I asked Him to speak.
I assured him that I was listening… that I needed to hear from him. Nothing. After some time I convinced myself that the weekend hadn’t been for me, but for the women I was serving.
And that was fine. Beautiful, actually.
I ventured towards camp, focused on the rocks beneath my feet. Somewhere along the trail I heard, “Look up.”
I stopped; my eyes met the most incredible view from the valley and I felt Him.
We were face to face.
He asked me to drop the rocks I had in my hands. Tears fell from my eyes as I pondered a toddler-type conniption.
I knew He was really saying, “Trust me. Look up, not back… I got this.”
It was my sign
I almost missed Him. I almost kept the rocks. But His beauty grabbed me right in that place, when I had given up, in the moment he knew I needed it most.
I don’t want to miss Him.
I don’t want my busyness, my stubbornness, my absentmindedness, or anything else to keep my eyes off of Him. To keep me from following Him, wherever that may be.
Weeks later, we are facing an adventure that we wouldn’t have stepped toward on our own.
Fear. Doubt. Lack of self-confidence. Uncertainty. Sin. Yeah, they’ve all held us back. But, trust… faith… Jesus… that is the adventure.
To simply say, “Yes, Lord. I will come,” and to stop, listen, and follow.
Will you join me on this adventure?
If you have even an inkling that He is calling you toward something, then this study is for you. Maybe you can’t pinpoint quite what it looks like. Or, maybe you can, and it scares you big. Yep, been there. And then there are those of you who don’t feel it at all just yet.
Don’t miss the sign, friend. He’s calling all of us.
Will you drop your rocks and look ahead to whatever it is that Jesus has for you?
One of the most beautiful things about Come With Me is that we are reminded of this: Jesus doesn’t ask us to look at all the things we’re leaving behind to follow Him.
Rather, with every invitation He gave a destination, leading the disciples toward their destiny, toward their calling, toward His plan for them.
He has something incredible for you, for me.
Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told. Habakkuk 1:5
Join me in this study. It’s gentle. It’s powerful. And if there were ever a time that we desperately needed to move towards Jesus, it’s now, friends.
I can’t wait to see you there!
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