A Journey

Sunday’s Scripture –March 8, 2020

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.”
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began
.
– from “The Journey” by Mary Oliver

 

Reflection

We live in a world where a great commodity is how fast one can get something done. How fast is your connection for internet service? How fast can my message get to someone else via texting? How fast can my food be given to me? “How fast” can become a factor in whether or not someone does something. Long term commitments to anything are becoming more extinct rather than the norm. However, a life of faith is not a sprint, it’s a journey. It’s also a journey that continues our whole lives so by its very nature, it’s not going to be fast but day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute.

Good things take time and while many people might say that they know this…how many of them truly live with long-term commitments in their lives? Abraham and Sarah were called from their lives by God, and the call wasn’t just for a day or a week or even a month. No, God wanted a long-term commitment with Abraham which is referred to as a “covenant”.

At the onset of our experience with Abraham and Sarah, we find them called by God to leave their family lands in Ur. Abraham would bring along with them part of their family. The lives of Abraham and Sarah took them from their homeland to God’s promised land and all along the way God was with them.

Abraham’s call was a continual one. This continual call took him from place to place at God’s direction and over time the relationship between Abraham and God grew. Abraham was in a constant process of becoming more like the person that God intended for him to be. Like Abraham and Sarah, and our relationship with God is a continual one which we are constantly being formed and reformed into the people God calls us to be.

Questions

  • What do you think was going through Abraham’s mind when this occurred?
  • What do you think went through Sarah’s mind when Abraham told her that God called them to leave everything?
  • If God called you today to leave everything and go on a journey, could you do it?
  • What questions would you have for God about having to leave everything?

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