Today my wife and I drove over 300 miles from central Florida to central Georgia. I thought that I wouldn’t be able to blog today and my New Year’s resolution would come crashing to the ground on day 4. But, alas, the blog finds a way.
While I was driving on I-75 North I thought, “what would people from the 18th century think about cars?” I’m sure their minds would be blown by our ability to travel a distance in one day that used to literally take weeks.
But we don’t really look at it that way. Travel is still seen by many as an inconvenience. I’m not saying we shouldn’t innovate quicker and more convenient forms or transportation, but we should have some perspective.
For a majority of human history, traveling the kind of distances we do pretty regularly today was 1,000 times more difficult. Can you imagine lugging yourself, everything you own, your family, your livestock, food, provisions, etc. for more than like 10 miles? Even with carts and buggies this would’ve been quite the endeavor.
Now, take it even further back. Imagine trying to travel some great distance with all of the things mentioned above but you have to load bags onto some beast or carry them yourself. You’re living in tents you have to set up every night and deconstruct every morning, you’re not sure if you’ll be able to find enough water to sustain your troop, and you have no ibuprofen.
Let’s take it a bit further. Everything above is true and you’re not sure where you’re going plus you’re nearly 100 years old. In other words, you’re Abraham.
I think it’s easy to read about Abraham’s call in Genesis 12 and not quite grasp how much faith it took for him to get up, take his family and his possessions, and start walking. I’m not saying I fully grasp it. I would struggle to get in my car and drive for hours without a concrete destination by faith (I struggle to willingly drive for hours knowing where I’m going).
Abraham was faithful. God was too. Abraham got up and did what God asked. The result was blessing after blessing after blessing. The same is true for us. In fact, one of the blessings we have been promised in Christ is to become an heir of Abraham by faith. We can be the beneficiaries of the blessing of God given to Abraham by faithfully submitting to his descendant, Jesus (Gal. 3:15-29).
I’m thankful for Abraham’s willingness to listen to God and God’s faithfulness. To a lesser degree, I’m thankful for cars, interstates, and seatbelts.
So, next time you travel, put things in perspective and think of the father of the faithful.