"Have you understood all this?" Jesus asked, and they answered, "Yes." Today we are still answering yes . . . and God must be laughing.
In my youth I thought: God asked what of Abraham? Is this the God who I am supposed to worship?
A mother and child wander in the unknown—that place where fears overtake all of us and God seems distant or absent.
Words do not carry much weight if we have no confidence in the one who is speaking. The integrity of the one making the promise is the currency that makes the promise valuable.
As Abram's heirs, we must know that our lives are not so much about choosing as they are about being called.