Abraham, Pregnancy and the Promised Land

The She Reads Truth Advent study has been bringing it, y’all. If you weren’t able to get the physical study, I highly recommend following along online.I love advent, but this year it has launched to an entirely new level because of my pregnancy. It has been so eye opening and soul-stirring in new ways to be literally awaiting the birth of our own child while also awaiting the already/not yet birth of our Savior Christ. It has always seemed so cliche to me when people say parenthood will teach you even more about God’s love for you, but man do I believe it now! Our little girl hasn’t even graced this earth yet, and I can already see the depth of my understanding of God’s love growing. I’m extremely thankful for that additional blessing in this surprising season.

Last week I read the story of Abraham and God calling him into the Promised Land in my advent study. I have heard and/or read that story what feels like a million times, but this time it struck a new chord with me. God told Abraham to up and move to a place God would reveal to him. That means his family, his livestock, his servants, etc! This did not solely affect Abram as a single person – this was a huge change for his family. Also, please note that God didn’t reveal the location of that place when he told Abraham to go. He just said to go. What?!

I won’t even drive down the street without knowing my end destination! Heck, I won’t even pick up my car keys.

The Lord said to Abram:
Go out from your land,
your relatives, and your father’s house 
to the land that I will show you.
I will make you into a great nation,
I will bless you,
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
I will curse those who treat you with contempt,
and all the peoples on the earth will be blessed through you.

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran. -Genesis 12:1-4

I’m extremely challenged by Abram’s faith: he trusted God to lead him literally into the unknown. That’s the season of life we are in – God is telling us to go. He’s telling us we are becoming parents for the first time! He’s telling us we won’t know what this next season looks like, but to follow him anyway.

I can’t tell you what being a mom will look like yet, or how much our lives will be changed by this little girl. But I do know that God is in this with us. He is walking right beside of us, calling the shots if we are willing to listen.

Lord, open our eyes to see your goodness in every day of this scary, life-changing and exciting journey ahead. We are in this with you, for you, and with all we have we want to follow you.