Genesis 46:1-4: Migration – Part I
Monday, July 25, 2016
I am thinking about how I typically react when God asks me to migrate. Not in the physical sense – for I have lived and worked and worshiped in the same places my entire life. I am thinking about the so many times I have been asked to migrate in or out of a relationship, to or away from a task, toward or away from a habit. Usually my reaction is doubt . . . doubt that I have not heard the inner voice well. Doubt may be a sign of prudence and healthy caution. Doubt can also be a sign of recalcitrance, stubbornness, or a lack of faith.
I am reading today’s selection and I am reflecting on the fact that so many times in scripture we hear the Father who created us or the Son who redeemed us whisper to us: Fear not, for I am with you. I will be with you until the end of the age. Chapter 43 of Isaiah begins with the beautiful idea that no matter our circumstances, God will continue to remind us that we redeemed, loved, and each named by God . . . and and called by that name.
Our days are full of activity and noise, but we might continue to think about this idea as we go about all we must do before our heads hit the pillow: When we are called to migrate, what must we change in ourselves so that we might trust God more? Do we not remember that even when we step wrongly, we are sustained by the one who created us? We will want to answer swiftly as Jacob did, “Here I am, Lord”!
As we examine our need to migrate spiritually, emotionally and physically, we also pray for those who are forced to migrate from the places and people they love.
Adapted from a favorite written on July 31, 2008.