On the way home this past week, I decided to take a detour from my usual route. Road crews had been out earlier in the day, and traffic was slow, due to the construction.
I suppose I just wasn’t thinking. I knew which road to take that would eventually lead to my front door, but I absent-mindedly turned onto the one right before it. As I drove a small way, I realized I was not where I had planned. I turned the car around and began retracing my path. To my delight, I noticed that I was right beside a large field—not just any field; a field with GOATS.
As I stood close to the fence, (you didn’t expect me to stay in the car, now, did you?) they began to offer a vocal response to my unplanned visit. Their voices were clear, almost baby-like. The goats were different colors. A white one ran along in the pasture, far from the wire confines that dictated his territory. Although their area was quite large, I can just imagine how they might run, if they were given more acreage.
In I Chronicles, 4:10, a man named Jabez asked something of God. His petition?
"…Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my territory!"
Take a moment to define your territory. Where do you live? Where do you work? What family do you have nearby? What people are in the area that could be described as being in your scope of influence for Christ?
Picture what it would be like to have these facets of your life enlarged. More places, more people. More people, the greater the possiblity of influence.
When God opens the gate, revealing the lands beyond the wood and wire, what do you see yourself doing?
I think I’d run–with a smile on my face.