By: Tim Sader
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. (Genesis 12:1)
The Lord asks that we be willing to sacrifice ourselves so that we can serve others. When we become least He can make us great. After our first date I knew I had feelings for Sammy so much so the next day I admitted I was in love with her. When I told her this she was relieved because she wanted me to say it before saying it to me. Most of our lives we couldn’t understand how people were so inlove to the point of it being sickening to others. We realized that those people acted like we were with eachother. For a couple weeks following our first date we chatted, flirted more and got to know eachother better. After meeting in person chatting no longer felt like enough so we needed a way to continue seeing eachother. Near the beginning of February we knew Valentine’s Day was approaching and we always were single for it the past so it was unlucky. We were no longer single so we wanted to spend it together. Since it was harder for her to get rides I suggested that mom and I could go to her town for the weekend. This idea seemed perfect, mom’s job is wherever I am and we had new wheels for traveling. After making reservations the entire state was hit with an arctic blast. We got a lot of snow and Summerville had freezing rain, everything was covered in ice which knocked down trees and the power was out. This was two days before our departure and temperatures wouldn’t melt the snow until the day we were leaving. Now anyone who knows me will say I hate being cold but this time I didn’t let it stop me. I had a path cleared to the van and with seven inches of snow still on the road we left our town. This was also amazing because it was the first time in almost five years that I would be sleeping in a bed that wasn’t adjustable, I was afraid. This was outside of my comfort zone but I was in pursuit of my Valentine and would not easily be deterred from getting to her.
After getting to the main roads and on the interstate the snow was melted so we made the trip without problems. When we got there we picked up a pizza from Godfathers at a gas station because I think they make the best pizza. We then followed the directions printed from google but somehow took a wrong turn and got lost. We called Sammy to get directions but since she cannot drive she don’t know road names or how to get to where she’s going. We drove around for two hours lost in a maze of roads and brick houses until her dad got home and gave us directions. That evening was Valentine’s Day; we ate cold pizza and spent time with her friends Kadie and Roy. Before leaving I wanted to get her something stuffed so she could cuddle it when I wasn’t there. I gave her a stuffed giraffe because I remembered a picture with her and a giraffe so it was perfect. She loved it, named it Timmy and slept with it in her bed at night. After less than four hours at her house I was glad I left my comfort zone because I was happier now. This makes me think of Abram when God called him and told him to leave everything he knew for some great nation God wanted to bless him with. The blessing of God would be upon those who bless him and a curse on those who cursed him and all people would be blessed through him. This sounded good to Abram so at 75 years old he left and took his nephew with him (Gn. 12:2-4). The same old thing was comfortable to me but if I was going to find something greater I had to risk it all to chase it down. Jesus told a man to follow Him but he wanted to bury his father first. Jesus told him let the dead bury the dead and for him to proclaim the kingdom of God. Another man wanted to say goodbye to his family but no one who does the work of the Lord has time for looking back (Lk. 9:59-62). If we leave comfortable we must look toward great things to come not at what we left behind. Anyone who has left things behind for the gospel will receive 100 times more in this life. This may include more persecution but also eternal life in the age to come (Mk. 10:29-30). Life was ok before Sammy but leaving it behind showed me that there is something better if we will go for it when we are called to it.
Lord when the time is right and we feel your call to do something that is outside of our comfort zone help us to respond like Abram and chase the call. Help us to move Lord because if we stay where we are everything stays the same but when we go we grow and better is waiting for us at our destinations. Lord may we not regret choices we made in haste, without thinking or not asking you first. Lord we are asking now that you lead us from where we are to wherever we are called to go so that your blessings will come upon us. In Jesus name, Amen.
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