“After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.’ But Abram said, ‘O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’ And Abram said, ‘You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.’ But the word of the Lord came to him, ‘This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.’ He brought him outside and said, ‘Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ And he believed the Lord; and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.” (Gen 15: 1-6)
How very perplexing, and yet simple, was Abraham’s journey. His journey was perplexing because he so often did not understand the “how” and the “why” of what God told him and where God led him. In this passage, for example, Abraham is confronted with a situation he cannot understand; the worrisome fact of his lack of an heir. And then God shows Abraham the stars, - yet another thing he doesn’t understand. But Abraham makes things simple, by letting go of the voices in his own head, and having faith in God’s word. He believes the Lord, and his faith aligns him with the Source of Righteousness, God. Abraham is thus “on the same page” with God, despite the remaining question-marks of his journey.
Today Abraham reminds me to embrace faith, when understanding fails me. When things make little “sense” from my perspective, amidst unfulfilled plans or unexpected turns of events, let me align myself to God’s vision and God’s will, regardless of how little I understand it. Let me simply accept today the people, things, and places He sends me, and hear God’s voice say to me, as He said to Abraham: “Do not be afraid. I am your shield.”