Abraham. For a long time, the early part of his journey with God was something I’d cling to every single time it was time for us to move. Again. (Let’s be honest here… moving every 18 months wears on you. There at the end, unpacking became a “why bother” kind of thing. “Who cares where the coffee cups go? They won’t be there for long!”) I’m excited to get to Abraham’s story this week and share another nugget, more than just the fact he had to travel. A lot. To that end, we have two versed today. (Yes, I cheated.)
Genesis 12:1, 10 (GWT)–The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s home. Go to the land that I will show you…” There was a famine in the land. Abram went to Egypt to stay awhile because the famine was severe.
God said, “Move.”
Abram said, “Okay.” He packed everything up and took off from teh only life and family he’d ever known for a place God hadn’t even revealed to him when he started on the journey. He travels, and suddenly, in Canaan, God says, “Right here. This will be yours forever!”
I’m sure there was a sense of relief in Abram. Done! Settled! Praise God! I’m home!
And a handful of verses later… Famine so severe Abram has to pack up and go to Egypt.
Hm. Welcome to your Promised Land. Now get out. Seems a little odd, doesn’t it? I have struggled with this verse before, but I have to come to this conclusion. It’s there for us. How many times have we walked smack down the center line of God’s will only to be completely bumfuzzled by a landslide blocking the road? A detour? A sudden sheer cliff that seems to cut off the rest of the trail?
I don’t have the answers for why that happens. Sometimes it’s a test. Sometimes it’s a lesson. Sometimes life just happens because we live in a sinful world. In any case, I’m glad God set Abram in front of us as an example. Things might divert us on the road to our Promise from Him, but they won’t keep us away forever. That’s good to know, especially for those of us who have been called to write only to face rejections, roadblocks, and minimized writing time.
God’s call on your life is sure. When you know it, walk in it. And, know what? Maybe enjoy the detours. God’s certain to plant some roses along the way.