“The Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you… so Abram went, as the Lord had told him.” (Genesis 12:1,4a, NIV)
We read these passages so matter-of-factly. They are so familiar, we don’t always think of the impact of what was happening here. Would we have done what Abram did? God did not tell him he had a job and a house and a community waiting for him in such-and-such a city! No, God said, basically, “pack up your family and your stuff, and take off. When we get there—wherever “there” is—I will tell you.” Wow! In this day and society, such behavior is considered irresponsible, and maybe it was then, too! Please note, also, there is no record of discussion between Abram and God. Abram does not say, “why?” or “where are we going?” or “do you have any idea what a move like this will take?” Most of us might ask at least one of those questions.
This story is one of RADICAL TRUST, and I think it is in Scripture to call us to that kind of RADICAL TRUST. Abram may have trusted that God knew what he was doing, and that something different, and maybe wonderful, was afoot, but none of that apparently matters. It was GOD who called! The same God calls us, and when we follow in RADICAL TRUST, it won’t matter where, because it is God who calls.
God who calls, open our ears to your call, open ourselves to RADICAL TRUST, and take us where you will! Amen.
– Mary Parrish, St. Thomas Episcopal Church