“The Lord said to Abram, ‘Leave your land, your family, and your father’s household for the land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1
In 2009 we received an email from Rev. Daniel Mhone quoting this scripture. In response to our request to come and serve in Malawi he told us to come to the land that God had showed us. And so we went.
Last month as we prepared to leave Malawi, I returned to the 12th chapter of Genesis hoping that Abram and Sarai’s story would shed some light on what lay in store for us now. And I found that they were constantly on the move.
Once they arrived in Canaan, the Lord appeared to Abram again and said, “I give this land to your descendants.” So Abram built an altar… and then he moved on. He traveled to the mountains east of Bethel, built an altar and worshiped the Lord. And then he set out again, “making and breaking camp as he went”.
If I had read this chapter more carefully in 2009, my enthusiasm might have been a bit dampened. And I wonder if Daniel knew what he was encouraging us to do when he wrote. Because we have been worshiping and making and breaking camp ever since.
Less than two weeks ago we broke camp in Malawi with tears and were welcomed in Nashville with such love and compassion.
And now I can’t help but wonder if God sees this as another camp…