by faith, he went

Isn’t it funny how life rarely looks like we planned? Or maybe that’s just me.

Perplexing circumstances. Tragedy. Prayers that seemingly go unanswered. Unrealized expectations.

It’s like putting together a puzzle. It hasn’t taken shape. You’re convinced the cat is hiding pieces from you. And although you have the picture on the box, the pile of pieces certainly don’t resemble anything remotely similar.

Enter Abraham. Good ol’ Father Abraham “who had many sons,” if you remember the old school Vacation Bible School song.

We meet Abraham at the end of Genesis chapter 11. He married Sarai and settled in Haran. I’m guessing Abraham made some plans for himself. Settle. Raise livestock. Have a family. Work the land. One day, leave the family farm to his sons.

But “Sarai was barren; she had no child.” From the beginning, Abraham’s plan would look very different from what he anticipated. But he had no idea of what was coming.

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. And 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 him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

God asked Abraham to pick up his life, leave everything he knew and move cross-country to an unfamiliar place with no hope of having children. God promises he will make a great nation from Abraham, he will bless him and protect him.

I don’t know that I would be shouting, “Sign me up!” at that point. God’s call was clearly not apart of the original “plan.”

So Abraham went, as the Lord had told him…

I love how the writer of Hebrews recounts Abraham’s experience in chapter 11.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called…And he went out, not knowing where he was going…By faith he went…

Abraham was not always the poster child for faith and obedience. But neither are we. And in spite of our shortcomings, God is graciously faithful even when life doesn’t look like we planned.

Help me God to hear your call, to obey and to go, by faith.

Abraham's story, in henna. Thanks, Kate! Notice the stars? "Number the stars...so shall your offspring be."

Abraham’s story, in henna. Thanks, Kate! Notice the stars? “Number the stars…so shall your offspring be.”

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