“The Lord took Abraham outside and said: “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can” (Genesis15: 5). He then told Abraham that his descendants through his son Isaac would be as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore, (Genesis 22:17). To imagine that the adventures in this promise would be equal to the stars by their numbers or the world’s grains of sand would be correct – limitless! God is beginning to call man back to himself through the descendants of Abraham; through the historical story of the Old Testament, that will ultimately lead to Jesus, the resurrection and the church. This all got started when Abraham was 100 years old and his wife Sarah was 90. The next time you see your grandpa “wink” at your grandma, you might consider that old line “the older the violin the sweeter the music”, might just have some divine truth to it!
What if, Abraham had just decided on his own to say: “ No way Lord, this is too far -fetched of a story, I’m too old and I know that Sarah and I just don’t have the energy to raise kids at our age.” Take a few seconds and run that storyline out. No Israel, no David, no Jesus, no redemption, no Church, no etc., etc. Well, you say God would have chosen someone else to replace Abraham and the story would still be about the same. OK, maybe so, but what would all of the would-be descendants of Abraham have missed? Remember the story of Jesus when he was 12 and his parents lost him, traveling in a caravan (Luke 3:41-49)? When they find him they are filled with great anxiety, asking for his response, he says to them: “Why were you looking for me, didn’t you know I had to be about my father’s work”. When you lose your invitation to the party, the party still goes on.
When will our personal adventures cease to become our motivation? When do we choose to play the role we’ve been invited to play in God’s adventures? God is not in competition with us. The adventures that God asks us to participate in are limitless. If we think leading the caravan is grand, we might want to ask ourselves, once in a while, if God is present with us. We could end up a little anxious when we find ourselves out there along the path we’ve carved out, completely on our own. Like Butch Cassidy said: I don’t know where we’ve been, and I’ve just been there”. When will our adventures become His adventures? Ain’t it so!