Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sandy and Al: A Contemporary Sarai and Abram Story based on Genesis 12:1-3

Genesis 12: 1-3 NIV
The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I wil bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will course: and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."

Sandy paced the floor. Her heels clicking against the tile as she walked from the kitchen to the front door. Shielding her eyes from the glare of the late afternoon sun she looked out the door to see if she could see his car coming down the road.

She recognized Al's car immediately as it turned the corner to enter their crescent. Closing the door, Sandy hurried back to the kitchen to add the final touches to the meal.

"Hey Sandy," Al called out as he came through the front door. "I have some news to tell you."

"I'm just in the kitchen," she replied.

Al stooped to set down his briefcase and to drop his keys on the table in the hall. Then he went into the kitchen.

"So," he asked, "do you want to hear my news?"

"Is it about the promotion that you've been hoping to get?"

Grinning he replied, "I guess you could call it a promotion."

"Really!" Sandy gasped. "You got the promotion?"

"Here Sandy," Al pulled out a chair for Sandy. "Take a seat and I'll explain my good news. You know how we've been praying about God's will and we agreed that we would accept whatever God had in mind for us, whether I got the promotion or not."

Sandy nodded.

"Well, today I received a very clear message from God. He told me to leave this city, leave our relatives and to follow Him to a place where He will give us many children. God also said that He will bless us."

Sandy shook her head. "I think I missed something. Did you just say that God told you we were going to have many children? Al, I'm too old to have children although it is what I've always wanted. Women don't start having children at my age they have grandchildren...and you, you're older than I am."

Al nodded. "I know it doesn't make any sense but you have to believe me when I tell you that this is really God's plan for us right now."

"I don't want to move Al. Why should we move away from our family, our friends and our church. I'm happy here. I love being surrounded by family and I don't want to move."

Al embraced Sandy and he felt her tension begin to ease. How was he supposed to explain that they didn't have a choice. How was he supposed to win her over to the idea when he couldn't give her answers to any of the questions that she would soon ask.

The promise that God had made to him was a stronger pull than all the questions and lack of information. It was like nothing Al had ever experienced before. He knew it was what they had to do. Even though he should be making plans for retirement he knew that he had to follow the Lord's will. It meant leaving comforts and all that he and Sandy had worked so hard for. It meant leaving security and totally relying upon God. He was ready for this adventure, but was Sandy?

In Genesis 12: 1-3 we aren't told how Sarai reacted but you have to wonder if she didn't want details and information. Where are we going? How are we geting there? How long will we be gone? Will we see family again? How much do I have to pack? Who is going with us? Who will we meet along the way? Where will we stay? Why now?

We don't know if Sarah was upset, fearful, worried or excited. We aren't told anything about her reaction.

What we are told is that Abram and Sarai did leave their family and everything familiar to them. They put their trust in God by obediently following His command. They became totally reliant upon God for their every need.

Abram was seventy-five when he received this call. Sarai was probably around sixty-five. They were surrounded by Abram's father's relatives and no children were added to their family because we are told that Sarai was barren. This information is taken from Genesis 11: 27-32

Totally Reliant Upon God: Two Years Later

Well, it's been two years since my husband was laid off. He and I were discussing yesterday that two years ago, we wouldn't have known that we would be where we are today financially.

We both admitted that it is only by God's grace and financial intervention that we are still able to make all of our bill payments. Now, we enter a new level. Gone is the lay off package of one year. Gone, as of May 2009 is the one year employment insurance entitlement.

Where does that leave us? Totally reliant upon God.

Yes, I am still employed at a private Christian School and yes, my husband is still taking a Master's Program which is slated to finish in December 2009. This term of study he is able to be a teacher's assistant so a small salary is available.

I suppose that I wouldn't be completely honest with you if I said that I wasn't concerned. I am, however there is a difference. I know that God does have a plan for our lives. If it is to lead us into poverty, it is because He has a purpose. If it is to maintain us as we are, it is for a purpose. If it is to relocate us it is for His purpose.

Besides, if I get myself all worked up and stressed out, my Meniere's attacks begin and these are dreadful experiences. It's best to leave everything up to God.

Easy....definately not! I truly do want to know the details and the plans God has for us. So, no it isn't easy but it is the way God operates. He promises to not leave our side but He doesn't fill in the details, the who, what, where, when, how and why.

How do I know this? There are so many examples of this in the Bible.

I shall share a few examples over my next few posts. All of them indicate God's grace and love for his people.