"The LORD had said to Abram,
'Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father's family,
and go to the land that I will show you.'"
Genesis 12:1, NLT (emphasis, mine)
"The Call of Abram". That is what my NLT Bible dubs this particular section in Genesis.
In it, God gives Abram a promise, a vision, that he would become a "great nation". God was going to bless Abram, greatly, and all of the generations to come behind him.
(Something tells me Abram had not even an inkling of just how much this would become true!)
But, the call came with a sacrifice: "Leave your native country, your relatives..."
God was calling Abram out of the comfortable.
He had a choice:
He could stay put. He really could.
He could continue living the way he'd always been living and that probably would have been just fine...
OR He could obey, blindly. Leave the country he'd known all his life. Leave behind his family and friends, soley on faith that God had something better ahead.
I think about all of the times God has asked me to leave behind the comortable, the familiar. I've had a handful of success stories in this realm, but there are many other countless times I declined the offer... and now I wonder what might have happened had I chosen to go.
I've heard before that when baby eagles become big and strong enough to learn how to fly, mama and daddy eagles purposely make their nests uncomfortable in an effort to encourage them out.
An honest review of my life right now would tell that I am so very uncomfortable in several areas. And I'm realizing this: that a season of change is coming. God is making me uncomfortable in the areas he wants me to leave, in an effort to move me forward into the new land, new promises and new experiences He has for me.
Abram made his choice, "So Abram departed as the LORD had instructed."
My prayer is that my level of trust in God would continue be elevated so that no matter what God calls me to leave behind, I would move forward, believing Him for better things ahead.
Because the best truly is yet to come.
Dwelling in Him,
A little about me...
Hi, I'm Katie!
Wife to Craig, mom of three, author, writer, Jesus-follower, Bible teacher, and coffee enthusiast.
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