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.” (Genesis 12:1)

Going out from the known to the unknown can be scary. I remember how I felt when I came down to college, and the realization came to me that I would be in my dorm room far from anyone I knew. When I was at much younger ages, I both drove and flew down to my grandparents who lived in Florida; granted I knew them, but still I was away from the familiar. There were other times in my adult life that I left the familiar for the unfamiliar; the most “jostling” was when we moved from Indiana to Oregon; yes we moved as a family, but for the first time I was away from all that was familiar with no feasible way of getting back. And I was expected to make a home for our family. So I tell you, I knew how Abram felt. Both the going out from the familiar to the unfamiliar, and heeding the call of the Lord God.

“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. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Verses 2 – 3)

Now here is the interesting part. While I was not made “a great nation”, I have made a name for myself. I have established myself as a presence in certain social services circles in the Eugene/Springfield. More so in my previous job than in my current job. But still, I have come to be known as a “blessing.” And that, beloved reader, is a very good feeling. Well worth the going to the unfamiliar places from familiar places. I am sure this would not have happened if I had stayed put. Well, maybe I am not sure. You see, that is the thing. You can, really, be a blessing anywhere! Where I am, things seem to go well and get done. I am able to meet each challenge and find my way through it, and bring those I work with through challenges also. I do not take credit for that, but give all the credit to the Divine who I have asked countless times to work through me. I have seen it happen! I suspect that Abram had the potential to be that type of person too. It explains why . . . .

“So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him.” (Verse 4a)

Why, I have wondered, did Lot go with Abram? Was Lot unhappy in his country and in his father’s house, and with his kindred? Do you, beloved reader, know someone who you would follow because they seem to have the type of presence that imbues faith, trust, and potential? As we move into the coming political season, that could be a poignant question. And as we move through the Lenten season, it is a very relevant question. Who do you follow, beloved reader, and under whose direction to you go? May the season of Lent bring you some answers. Selah!