By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8 emphasis mine)
WOW! The Father of the faith…. not knowing where he was going! I can see it now, Abraham, that great man of God summoning his family/tribe and urging them to follow him from UR of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan: “Follow me!!! I have a mission!! I have a promise!!!! There is a land that is full of promise!!!!!!! Follow me!!!!” … only to be asked OK Abraham, where are we going? What is the vision?” “I HAVE NO IDEA!!!!”
No self-respecting pastor or leader would dare to go out and lead a tribe….. not knowing where he is going.
The language of the scriptures, and I suspect the culture of that day too, valued mystery, the embracing of the journey, and experience as a dance, over and above the results-oriented, quota-meeting culture of our western mindset. I am learning to de-toxify myself of results, and I am learning to embrace mystery ….. not knowing where I am going, but learning to embrace the adventure and the mystery of dancing with the God who hides himself in a dark cloud.