Summer Stories: The Call of Abram

1The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will showyou. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. -Genesis 12:1-5

There are definitely moments in our Christian walk where God instructs us to stay and remain somewhere for a while in order to rest or recover. But where God truly shows up and is present with his people is in the “Go.” He tells Abram (later to be renamed Abraham) to leave the comfort, stability, predictability and safety of the his own land, and is instructed to “Go.” In the same manner, at the end of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus instructs his disciples to “Go” and make disciples. 
 
When we venture outside of our comfort zones. When we enter into new places. When we go somewhere unfamiliar. When we are sometimes even forced into new territory, it is in those places – in the midst of us being on the go – that God shows up. God shows up to help us, and support us, and help us work through the challenges that are in the new places. And in the process we grow and learn and mature and see more of Him. 

So as God shows you new places to go – new adventures to embark on. As you “GO,” may you be encouraged that you are not alone in your new travels, and it is precisely in those places that God watches and is pleased as we grow and learn and ultimately look more like Christ in the process. So, “GO!” in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit this day. Amen. 

Keenan Barber