Read Genesis 12:1-4.

Lent Ponderings - jasoncstanley.comMegan and I have been thinking about vacation lately. We are settling on dates for this summer when we will take a vacation. And I found myself the other night browsing the internet looking at different cities, places we could stay, things we could go, and so forth.

When we go on a trip, we make plans. We book airplane tickets or train tickets. We research where we are going. We decide what we’re going to pack and pack it. We make arrangements for someone to care for pets and/or our home. There are things we do to get ready. We do not just get up and go.

But that is exactly what God has told Abram to do.

God called Abram to “go to the land I will show you.” It must have been scary. I can wrap my head around, “Go to Lynchburg and be a youth minister,” more so than I can, “Go to the land I will show you.” There are/were enough unknowns when I moved to Lynchburg, but to go to a land that I don’t know where I’m going?? How do you prepare? How do you know what to pack?

This call to go where God will show us, calls us out of our comfort zones. And its not necessary the God calls us to go to Africa . . .NOW.  It’s a call to an internal journey of letting go. The act of letting go is significant to the identify of the Christian. As Christians, we cannot stay the same, we must let go of behaviors, attitudes, even relationships that separate us from God.

And don’t get me wrong, is it risky. But if we are too comfortable, we are too secure, and we are too much in control. It is like the saying, “Let go and let God.” When God called Abram to go an unknown land, it not only blessed Abram, but it blessed descendants to come. When we trust and obey God, there are blessings that follow.

This Lent consider where God is calling you to let go and step out of your comfort zone.