Leaving home a few weeks ago to travel to Colorado, seemed like going to a faraway land. I spent summer vacations growing up with my family exploring the East coast so anything west was new. I set out excited to see a new part of the country, new scenery and to spend time with family for my nephew’s wedding. The plans were made in advance and even though Colorado was new to me, I was not venturing into the complete unknown like Abraham.
I cannot even imagine how Abraham felt as He received God’s call to travel. Many of us would jump at the chance, but this was not a destination with a well thought out itinerary (except in God’s mind). The call was to “come and follow me”. A “yes” would take Abraham far away from home into a land of unknowns.
God’s call for each of us is a series of new beginnings. Sometimes the path is clear and other times we step out in faith leaning into God’s plan. Abraham’s act of faith not only saw him stepping out of his comfort zone but also models a journey of perseverance. His “yes” laid the foundation for future believers as God calls us to come and follow Him.
When Abraham said “yes, Lord”, he cleared the way for each of us to do the same. We choose to participate as Abraham when we embrace our home as one in which God is the center. Home takes our yeses and our noes and intertwines them with God’s story. We find home when we allow our story to become one with God’s. Home is where our story begins.
By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God. Hebrews 11:8-10 MSG
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