Among the many characters of the Book of Genesis, I was caught by the calling of Abraham (Then the LORD said to Abram, “Leave your country, your kindred, and your father’s household, and go to the land I will show you.). I can relate as a previous Overseas Filipino Worker where I ones trusted that there is a purpose for me Abroad. Although, like Abraham to Lot, the nature of this world with regards to attachment with family held me back, though not physically but by the spirit, a huge part of my thoughts and hopes were for them (Genesis 12:5 And Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all the possessions and people they had acquired in Haran, and set out for the land of Canaan.When they came to the land of Canaan) I have believed that God gave us family to give us companion in this world, but living in the physical world abroad, was lonely, and would bring moments of feeling isolated and alone. The least yet the greatest we can do is to pray for one another. We, My family, have dealt managed the change. There was a part where I went around circles, awaiting answers for the purpose there is for me in the foreign land (Genesis 12:8-10 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord. And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south. And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land). Distance kept me focus on the purpose of living to survive. I have move ventured in each and every new day. But like Sarai to Abraham, I had met people from the same nation who are like family to me. I have experienced how at times of confusion, people will lay you choices, that you will trust, and by knowing heartily the relationship you have with them, my friends, my family, I trusted it. I took their advice as genuine and good ( Genesis 16:2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.). Through them I have done many decisions that seem alright, but when decision doesn’t turn up well, I take part in the board game of blame, (Genesis 21: 9-10 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.) Just like Sara to Abraham because of Hagar. But since my decision, reflects me as the recipient. Like Abraham to Ishmael. Where he has no escape but to father the conflict. (Genesis 21:11 And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.) He was wrapped secured, blessed with purpose (As for Ishmael, I have heard you, and I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He will become the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. But I will establish My covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this time next year.”) Face tomorrow for the promise of redemption every single day I make mistakes.
I am a mother with a son whom revealed me closer, beyond the wonders, relying to God alone. It is through my son I have accepted Jesus fully in my life. And like Abraham, because of his trust in God, as he was commanded, he undoubtedly offered his son Isaac. (Genesis 22:9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.) (Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac on the altar. He who had received the promises was ready to offer his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “Through Isaac your offspring will be reckoned. Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and in a sense, he did receive Isaac back from death.)
Abraham trusted what God is capable of, God is capable of giving life.
Just as Jesus died physically, in the tomb he buried all sorrows, sickness, and grief, and then He resurrected, as so divinely declared, even before it happened. God is in the know of what was, what is, and what will be. We can trust him with all of what we are and have.
I am no way close nor even deserving to compare myself to Abraham, nor in any tiny bit with the Lord. But with how they live when they were on earth has inspired me, and I found direction, hope, reason to move forward, and hold on to the Lord. That as a child of God, because I believe and accepts him as my Lord and Savior. He will straight my path to the righteous direction. I will praise him everyday and allow him to work on me and transform me, glorifying him with every gracious day I receive.