“By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home.” Hebrews 11:8
Do you remember your last move?
Do memories of your last move invoke nightmares or do boxes, bubble wrap and packing tape cause visions of sugarplums to dance in your head?
My youngest daughter, Christian took a big girl step last year when she moved to Cleveland Ohio for a teaching gig with Teach for America.
Christian had just graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in English and felt that TFA would be a good bridge between college and career.
I remember her looking at her empty bedroom with a sense of nostalgia blended with a balance of loss and anticipation. It was bittersweet saying goodbye to the known and hello to the unforeseen.
My husband and my son along with some helpers had strategically placed all her belongings in the moving van with the exception of the other things stuffed into her car. Hugs and kisses were given. Tears had rolled. There was nothing else to do, “So we loaded up the truck and we moved to Beverly”!
It’s one year later and we’re about to help her move again. Yes! You heard me right. Her roommate isn’t returning so she is moving in with two of her other friends and fellow collegues. So here we are back at that same fork in the road called unknown.
I wonder if that’s how Sarah felt when Abraham informed her of their unexpected move. Hopefully he broke the news to her a little more easily than God had told him.
“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:” Genesis 12:1
Sarah and Abraham had set up house in a nice metropolitan area. I’m sure she was one of those cultured ladies of her day that availed herself to the latest theatre productions and attended all the social events. After all, her birth name Sarai, means Princess. And now God is commanding them to move to a home
No return address!
How did Sarah and how do we move on from that which brings us contentment and normalcy to the uncomfortable?
How do we submit to being stretched beyond recognition?
According to Hebrews 11:8, Sarah and Abraham’s secret was faith. Faith, the foundation we stand on in hope, when we see no glimpse of its reality.
not looking back,
That ‘s the secret that Abraham and Sarah learned through experience. When they acted in obedience to God’s directive, he immediately counted that act as righteousness. (Romans 4:3)
That difficult act of obedience affects us today. We are children of Abraham, recipients of God’s promise to him. That act of obedience trickled down to us.
Let’s follow our father Abraham in belief that God is faithful and if we just follow his lead we will be blessed and thereby our children’s children will be blessed! (Psalm 112:2)