Eighteen years ago today, I experienced the devastation of a major car wreck. My life changed – forever. I will never be the same. The catastrophe “wrecked” my glorious future business plans, a chunk of my memory, my health, and my wealth. I ended up bankrupt, paralyzed, and depressed. I had a definitive choice to quit and allow the disaster to own my future OR move ahead, the best I could, and try to make a life of it. By grace, God put an amazing wife, family, and group of friends around me that encouraged my new journey – they told me to GO!
In Genesis 12, God commands Abram to leave everything that he had known, his country, family, and culture, and “GO to a land that I will show you.” For someone who had grown up in arguably the most modern city in the world, this could have seemed like disaster – his “plans” were wrecked. Abram is asked to leave behind his familial binds, his business, and his culture and embrace an unknown future in order to create a new world. Abram’s departure from the familiar to the open-ended ultimately enlarged his vision and fulfilled God’s perfect plan.
Lech Lecha – לֶךְ-לְךָ
These are the Hebrew words God uses in Genesis 12 to order Abram to GO! - “lech”, which means “go” with the added emphasis and deeper imperative – “lecha”. In essence, God is telling Abram to “go to yourself”, or “go for your own benefit”. My Hebrew friends tell me that it means – “GO! You have a calling and a purpose” or “GO! to what you are meant to be”. Abram is challenged to leave behind all the established and cultured systems of Sumer in order to create a better, yet unknown world – for us all.
Scripture challenges us all to be “wrecked”. Leave our old selves behind and seek a new unknown future – the one He planned for us.
Deuteronomy 4:29 (NIV) - “But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
As Christians, we have to leave our old world behind and seek God, seek His plan, look desperately for His help and guidance. Like Abraham, if we let go and look ahead, look to God’s plan, be willing to leave everything behind, and trust the promise that we “will find Him” – even in the unknown – we will be blessed.
My wreck, albeit unwanted, was and is a blessing. It caused me to “depart” from the familiar to the open-ended unknown and ultimately enlarged my vision – gave me blessing. Strangely, it made me who God intended me to be. Now, as we all are, I am challenged to GO! GO to what God has planned for me, GO for my own benefit, and GO and be who He planned for me to be.
James 1:2-4 (NIV) – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”