Genesis 12:1-4a Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
Reflection by Janet Derby
I grew up in Ohio, went to college in next door Indiana, and landed a job back in my hometown. It was comfortable – much of my family still lived there, as did my husband’s family. When Ken was offered a job in Atlanta, it was a bit outside our comfort zone, but seemed like an adventure. His two oldest children were in college, and our two boys were not yet in school, so the timing seemed opportune. We have frequently discussed how our lives might be different had we not made that move. I believe it has allowed us to experience a greater variety of viewpoints than we might have otherwise. It has also provided us opportunities that may not have been available to us had we stayed in Ohio. I think it also gave our children a much different perspective on people and life in general than they might have had.
There is no indication here as to why God wanted Abram to leave his country and kindred, or whether it was an opportune time for him, but he goes. He departs with a promise of blessings and greatness, but not many specifics. We may not know why God calls us to step out in faith or what will come from the changes God asks us to make. What we can be sure of is that God will be with us each step of the way.
God of All Nations and People, Help us to hear your call always and to have the faith to go wherever you would have us go. Thank you for your promise and your constant presence. Amen.