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