To & From (Part 1)

A Post From ASC intern, Griffin Lamb

“Sometimes I feel like I have no idea as to what’s next in this life – like I have no definitive plan.”

My friend Jason spoke these words to me a couple weeks ago on the way back from a hike on the south coast of Iceland. The words were fitting with the setting - as the black sand beaches were disorienting and we found ourselves time and time again wandering from the roughly marked trail. 

His Words Also Reminded Me Of God’s Call Of Abram Early On In The Book Of Genesis:

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.” (Gen 12:1-3 ESV)

Notice both the directness and the ambiguity of God’s words. While God is commanding Abram to depart from all that was familiar to him – his country, relatives, and father’s household – the destination, aside from being a place that God will eventually show to Abram, has no precise location. All that God’s command is accompanied with is a promise: that “all of the families of the earth will bless one another by your name.” And yet, despite the risks inherent in venturing into the unknown, what happens next? Abram leaves just “as the LORD had told him” (Gen 12:4 ESV) - trusting in the promises of God, ambiguity included. 

Paul calls us the children of Abram, or Abraham as he is later called in the scriptures – not in the familial sense but in the sense that we are children of the promise that God made to Abraham thousands of years ago, that through him and his family “all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen 12:3b ESV). And while I do not think that the context of our lives necessitates that we are to wander and sojourn in the same way that Abraham did, we must acknowledge that wandering is an integral part of the journey of faith. 

The question then becomes for us, just like Abraham: 

Where is God calling us to depart from, and to head towards? 

Come back for Part 2 on Thursday, as we will explore this question further. 

In the meantime, perhaps ask yourself this question again? Sit in it. Explore it:

Where is God calling us to depart from, and to head towards?