January 12, 2018
Genesis 12:1-2… Now, the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
For most of our married life, Karla and I have operated with a particular understanding between God and us. He would not just move us from something; He would move us to something else. In the verses above, God told Abram that he was moving him from his familiar surroundings to a place that I will show you.
That did not fit my understanding. But, as we have continued on, we have found that sometimes the future isn’t real clear. In fact, most of the time the future didn’t turn out the way I figured it would. So, Karla and I have changed our expectations. Now, our agreement with God is that we will go as long as He goes with us.
When we moved to Oregon, we did not know everything that would happen here. We just knew we were to leave Spokane and move to Oregon.
We did, and God has led us on a path that we could not see from Spokane. Now, we are preparing to move again… to Arizona. Once again, we know the directive of the Lord to move, but the specifics of our new place of residence are not clear. We know what we know, but not everything.
I share this just to show the evolution of truth in our lives. We started with a conviction about change and God slowly adjusted us to His conviction. From that I am learning that we do live by convictions and according to our limited understanding, but we must always leave room for Him to adjust us and lead us onto His Path. One of the lessons that I have been learning is that I don’t always know everything about a scenario. For that reason, I can’t judge someone else for making a choice that I would not make. We are all functioning with limits on our understanding. And, we are all growing in our obedience. We are not yet perfect in all our ways. If I can accept that in me, I must accept it in you, as well. Acceptance with Expectation. Sounds like sermon fodder.