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......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 the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.
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This passage always takes my breath away. Abram, sitting in the small confines of the lamp flame glow of a bedouin tent in the desert, lost inside a small concept of God. The tent flap draws to one side and Abram is invited out to look up into the night sky - an enormous tapestry of light and mystery. The promise of the blessing of descendants reaches out and upward. Faith in the promise-giver is declared righteous. Over and over again, in our lives of faith, we need reminders that God is, in fact, bigger than we can imagine, and what ever compells us to lean in is God at work in us as well.
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Invite me outside, Lord, when I am thinking too small. Amen.