After saying, “Yes,” to God’s seemingly strange request that I start a blog, I set about trying to figure out what to call it.
I spent several days brainstorming, waiting on answers that weren’t coming, so I gave in and thought, “Oh well, here we go, "into thickets of wildest guesswork."*
As I contemplated starting without a name, I sat there thinking about that quote from Harry Potter, and how I had no idea what direction this blog was going to take. I sat thinking about that word, “thicket," feeling like I was wandering off into a proverbial wild thicket with nothing but a guess about what to do next when something inside me whispered, "Just like Abraham."
Wait, what? God had my attention now. After asking and asking I had an answer...
Long ago, before even Jesus lived, God asked his servant Abraham to take his son Isaac and go into the wilderness and perform a sacrifice, an offering to God. But Isaac was the offering. When the time came to sacrifice Isaac to God, the Lord sent an angel to stop Abraham and provided a ram instead, caught by his horns in a thicket nearby.
I’m not a spiritual giant like Abraham. I'm probably closer to the donkey carrying the camping gear to be honest. But I realized that God was just asking me to start this blog, and trust that he knows where this adventure is going. Go has only asked me to use my hands and my mind in his service- not that I sacrifice my only child...
When I compare my task with Abraham’s I’m humbled and ashamed that I’d ask questions and drag my feet. If God wants is a blog from me, then a blog it is! Surely I can give Him that much without having all the answers up front. Abraham had no answers when he set off into the wilderness. I'm sure He had questions, but he had more faith. And because Abraham obeyed, God provided what Abraham needed in the thicket and blessed him.
If I could have even one percent of the blessings God gave Abraham I’d be a lucky woman indeed.
I don’t know what I’ll find here, journeying through my own particular thicket. But if I know my God, I’ll find some beautiful and wondrous things along the way.
And because He asked, I’ll share them with you.
*Thank you Harry Potter (and J.K. Rowling too, of course).