8 Mar 2020. 2nd Sun Lent. Cycle A-2020. Gn 12:1-4a + 2Tm 1:8b-10 + Mt 17:1-9

The Lord said to Abram: Go forth from your land, your relatives, and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing (Gen 12:1-2).

Abram, God renamed Abraham,
Ur-rooted, God him uprooted. 
Rich, even peaceful, where he was, 
Blessed, although troubled, where he’d go.

He not asked God why;
He not wondered how.
He walked on with faith;
He moved out in trust.

Wandered through hostile land;
Wondered where he would land.
Was ravaged by famine;
Got robbed by enemies.

He believed God wealthily gives;
He trusted God securely shields.
Father he would one day become;
Father of Nations he becomes. VSS  
If a job now prospers, why wish to quit?
When a place here comforts, why will to leave?
One does venture, for better or for worse;
One takes gamble, for winner or for loss.

Am I called to quit job for another?
Am I offered to take a pay lower?
Am I directed to move out somewhere?
What God takes here, I trust God gives more there. VSS

One time, I advised a relative considering to switch jobs that required moving, “Think of what is practical.” A righteous woman who overheard me retorted, “Think not of what is practical, but think of what is God’s will.” VSS

Picture Credit: Map of Abraham’s journey from Pexels.com; Man on the sunset, photo by Chei Ki on Pexels.com