Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
'After all these things, this word of God came to Abram in a vision: “Don’t be afraid, Abram. I’m your shield. Your reward will be grand!” Abram said, “God, Master, what use are your gifts as long as I’m childless and Eliezer of Damascus is going to inherit everything?” Abram continued, “See, you’ve given me no children, and now a mere house servant is going to get it all.” Then God’s Message came: “Don’t worry, he won’t be your heir; a son from your body will be your heir.” Then he took him outside and said, “Look at the sky. Count the stars. Can you do it? Count your descendants! You’re going to have a big family, Abram!” And he believed! Believed God! God declared him “Set-Right-with-God.” God continued, “I’m the same God who brought you from Ur of the Chaldees and gave you this land to own.” ''
- Genesis 15:1-7 MSG
We have all been frustrated. Abram was tired of waiting on this particular day when he talked with God. He wanted an heir so bad he could taste it and yet God's plan hadn't yet come to fruition. Abram sought to be a father for so long, just as Sarai yearned for motherhood. Yet they lived for decades together without one child between the two of them. No one had to tell them what they lacked. They knew, and yet Abram and Sarai kept getting older.
However, with God anything is possible. Through looking at the skies on a starry night God brought a vision to Abram about his future, a future that was larger than he could even imagine. He was dreaming of an heir and God was showing him a great nation. God was showing him something that had to be impossible and claiming it was possible.... and Abram BELIEVED! He believed God.
We can have moments like that too. When our vision of our future is smaller than God's vision for each of us. On those days, let us remember Abram who became Abraham -- the father of a great nation, our father of the faith.
As we reflect on the deserts in our lives, let us listen for God as Abram did on that day when God's vision came. When our visions of the future come to us, may we trust God and believe. God seeks to do great things in and through us. What God gives us is so much greater than what we ask for. May Lent be our time to hope in the Lord, to dream new dreams, to listen for God's voice and be changed. May God put a fire in our belly for spreading the love we see between God and Abram. May we feel it. May we believe it. May it grow in our hearts and may we be a part of that spiritual growth and excitement as our desert hopes are realized.
Prayer: God of Abram and us all, help us to trust in you and believe. May our hearts be opened to your words to us. May your hope expand in our hearts, our lives and our world. Amen.
Rev. Laura C. Kelsey, Author
Rev. Kelsey is proud to pastor the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac, MI. Together with the faithful and loving worshipping community at FPC. she enjoys sharing God's Word with others, working to help folks experience God's love and discern their direction in life, and lovingly reach out to the greater Pontiac community.