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The First Threshold



So I say that we have courage. And we really want to be away from this body and be at home with the Lord. - 2 Corinthians 5:8

In Genesis 11 Abraham's father Terah took his family and left the great city of Ur, capital of the Chaldeans, and set off for Canaan, the promised land of God.  We are not told what encounter with God led to this relocation, but we are told that they didn't make it to Canaan.  They stopped in the city of Harran, and Terah never went any further.  Years later Abraham received the call from God and he took up the adventure that his father could not.  He took his family and his nephew into the land of Canaan.  The first steps in an adventure, that filled the rest of the pages of Genesis.  This first step, the crossing of the threshold from city life to the unknown of the countryside, is reported in a few sentences in Genesis 11-12, but the internal struggle must have been incredible.  

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo and Sam were walking through some fields on their way to meet Gandalf and Strider at the Prancing Pony, when Sam stopped dead in his tracks.  Sam says "This is it...if I take one more step it will be the farthest away from home I have ever been."  Frodo encouraged him with a quote from Bilbo and they continued on.  The encounter seems simple, but make no mistake, this first threshold is one that stops too many people from experiencing the adventure of their lifetime.  It is likely what stopped Terah from going any further.  Had it not, we might be singing songs about father Terah and his many sons instead of Father Abraham.  A Pew Research Poll from 2008 showed that 4 out of 10 people never leave the town they were born in.  It's scary out there, but often where our fear is, our adventure will be found.  

"You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong." - Sue Fitzmauric


God, help us to cross the first threshold, to face that first challenge or limit that gets in the way of chasing after the adventure you have in store for us.  Help us to keep moving when things seem too hard.  Surround us with people who will say encouraging things to us when we need it.  Give us the courage and direction we need to step into your Kingdom work.  

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