That’s exactly what God told Abram and Sarai. Abram was 75 years old when God came to him with this news. He also told Abram that he and Sarai were going to leave their home and move. They were to take their belongings, and nephew Lot, and move from Haran to Canaan.
12 Now the Lord had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”1
I would imagine we all have experienced moving, at least once. We’ve moved quite a few times, 19 to be exact, in 44 years. Some were just for a few weeks, or a couple of months. Each move takes its toll. Some moves people make are for jobs, and some to join family. Our last big move was to join our kids in Florida. It is great to be with them again, but we left a lot behind.
I thought the move would be easy and wonderful. Wrong. Leaving other family and friends was much harder than I thought it would be. We also had to start all over again. We had to find all new doctors, a new church home, and make new friends. We lived with one of our daughters for three months, then the other for two months. We really appreciated them helping us out, but it was great to finally be able to buy a home and be on our own again.
Are you facing a move? Help your children adjust:
- Let them sort their toys into piles of keep and donate
- Give them a box to pack the toys they are keeping
- Show them how to wrap the fragile things
- If this is a far move, have a going away party with their friends
- Give them an address book to write the addresses and phone numbers of their friends
- If older make sure they have email addresses
Abram and Sarai left a lot behind them too. The last move we made was our choice, but they were told they were moving directly by God. He guides us to new places where if we listen to Him, He will make life changes for us that in the long run will be better. Abram and Sarai were told when they arrived in Canaan that the land would belong to them and their descendants. It was in Canaan that God changed their names to Abraham and Sarah.
They had been in Canaan, for quite a while and still didn’t have a son, so Sarah had her maid servant, Hagar, lay with Abraham and she bore him a son named Ishmael. Hagar taunted Sarah, because she was able to have a son. Out of frustration Sarah sent Hagar and Ishmael away. God blessed them, and through Ishmael came the nation of Islam.
When Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90, God told them that they would have a son. This made them both laugh, since at their ages this seemed impossible. But with God all things are possible. In their old age Isaac was born. When he was a boy God tested Abraham and commanded him to give the boy to Him as a sacrifice. Abraham followed God’s directions and just before he was to kill Isaac an angel stopped him and showed him a ram to use as a sacrifice.
Have you faced some difficult things in your life? It can even be a good thing, but any change can be difficult. Teach your children how to cope.
- Tell them what is going on.
- If a health issue of a loved one, give details that are age appropriate
- If you are moving let them know right away, so they have time to adjust mentally
- If a new baby is joining the family, let them be part of the preparation
Share how you and your family work through the changes in your life.
1 The New King James Version. (1982). (Ge 12:1–3). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.