The Unknown Place

Unknown places…Have you journeyed to any?  Abra[ham] did:

The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.  I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”  Genesis12:1-3

Sometimes the unknown can be very frightening…wait.  Who am I kidding?  The unknown is almost always  frightening.  I wonder what it was like for Abraham.  


Leave the land you are familiar with.  Leave that place where you are comfortable.  All the familiar watering holes…the places where you could walk blind folded and never trip…go into the unknown.

The Unknown –with all it’s unexpected corners…all the hidden places.
What do we do in the unknown?  
Will we know anyone there?
Are the people friendly in the unknown places?
Is it okay to ask questions about the unknown?  I think so.  You can ask–as long as you remain steadfast–steadily trusting.  If your hand becomes sweaty while holding His…keep walking–keep holding.  
The Bible doesn’t say that Abraham asked questions…it doesn’t say he faltered at all here–

but later he does.  
Later we hear him lie about Sarah being his wife–because maybe he trusted God in a big way at first...but now, maybe he’s not sure–and he’s just getting himself a little cushion…just.in.case.

As he was approaching the border of Egypt, Abram said to his wife, Sarai, “Look, you are a very beautiful woman.  When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife. Let’s kill him; then we can have her!’ So please tell them you are my sister. Then they will spare my life and treat me well because of their interest in you.”  Genesis 12:11-13

So…God is big enough to take us into the unknown…but not big enough to keep us safe?


Hmmm.  Oh, I’m not throwing stones at Abraham…I’m just wondering what happened from the day he left until the day he arrived on the border of Egypt.  The Bible says he continued on “in stages” (NLT), the King James Version says, “And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South.”  (This was before the name change, pardon me for using his changed name–I like my own “changed name” best too, Angie Knight, daughter of the Most High God.)
Maybe Abraham began “thinking” too much about what he had…and less about what God had said and done… (I’m just thinking out loud.)
Jeff and I have gone through some changes.  We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary on Saturday.  We got away from “work” for a couple of days…(even though his phone still reminded us we weren’t far enough).
We are getting ready to go back to Bolivia in September–and praying continually about all the “changes” that the past months have brought.  Busyness–to the max.  
In the class I’ve been teaching on Wednesday nights, it’s been “relationship” focused.  Not only has the class been relationship focused, but my mind has been relationship focused.  Mine and Jeff’s relationship–which is like most any relationship–would suffer if we didn’t make a conscious effort to maintain communication.  
It’s the same with our relationship with God.  Communication is necessary–it is actually CRUCIAL to a relationship with God…just as it is in marriage.  
No communication = No relationship.
So…I have to wonder about Abraham.  Did the communication remain steady?  Or did Abraham grow quiet…not seeking time with God as he first did on the journey….
Abraham is actually one of my favorites–maybe because his trust was so big.  
“LEAVE”.  He did.
“GO”.  He did.
Abraham didn’t ask…he just obeyed.

It’s not fair for me to talk about Abraham’s faults without sharing one of mine.

A couple of weeks ago–I was a bit frustrated–with several things.  Jeff asked me one morning:  “What’s wrong, Angie?”

“Nothin'”  (yes, I know–but you better fess up–you do it too.)

He quickly responded, “don’t be teaching about communicating if you aren’t going to communicate”.

Ouch.

I had to back up and start again.  I couldn’t leave the house that morning–knowing I had just withheld the answer to his question–there was “stuff” that was wrong…”stuff” going on in my mind…and even though I had not sorted it all out yet–he deserved to know the truth.

Truth was–I needed prayer.  Truth was–I needed some time with just me and him–The truth was–I was tired of being tired.  (Stress will do that–and lack of communication) (grinning)

We’ve discussed many things in the past few weeks…where God is working–what He is speaking–or not speaking.  Where He is asking us to “just trust”…

Is there a place in your life right now where God is asking you to “step out” and do the seemingly impossible?  Maybe you’ve stepped out a little–but maybe He is asking for more….
Communication DAILY is the most important thing–the listening part and the talking part.
Keep a notebook handy when you are doing your Bible reading…keep it handy for your prayer times…HE will tell you some amazing things through His Word…and in your heart.

Psalms 139:23-24  Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:   And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Search me…know me…try me…LEAD ME.

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News.


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