The lecture had gone over well over the expected time. I was fidgeting in my chair as I learned more about my ego and emotions. I kept going back and forth between my notes and my phone when the microphone volume seemed to have jolted the crowd--“Leave your land, your relatives, and your father's home,” she said loudly, hushing the whispers. I looked up.
“What is the Lord telling us?” she asked, staring into a sea of blank stares. “Leave what you know. Leave your land. Leave what comforts you and follow me.”
I heard a few years back that when one is invited to something religious, it's a calling. God is inviting you because he has a special message for you. It’s a tiny line, a brief moment, that sticks with you. And if applied, it is the key to what you have been praying for and what ails your heart.
I felt the pull on my attention when those lines were said. “Thank you, Lord,” I whispered as I bowed my head. I went home to read my message that night.
In Genesis 12:2, the Lord goes on to explain all the wonderful things he has in store for us should we leave the comfort of our world: “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”
We must leave the comfort of our world behind. We are already blessed, but the world that we have grown up in doesn’t let us see it or experience it. We live in a world where love can be lost, where people are undeserving, where the present is not good enough. Tomorrow is better. She’s not a good person. He's hopeless. Miracles aren’t likely.
We need to leave behind the comfort of everything that weighs us down. Leave the comfort of your world. Don’t trust your ego or the circumstances. Trust God. Trust your heart. Trust your prayers. Leave the dirt floor home of your mind and follow God into Heaven on earth. You can be blessed here because you are already blessed. The question is… will you come outside to receive it?
Consuelo Reinitz, Pink Fries Paperie