This week i’ve been reading through the account of Abraham and Sarah and their crazy radical challenging life. What’s struck me is that the Bible’s account of their story doesn’t really start with them but starts with Abraham’s father Terah.
In Genesis 11 we’re told that Terah had three sons, one of whom (Haran) died while they were in their homeland of Ur of the Chaldeans. We’re then told that Terah set off from Ur to go to the land of Canaan but when he came across a place called Haran he settled there instead and never made it any further into his adventures. I wonder if he settled in Haran because of the son that he had lost of that same name?
It makes me think of how crucial it is for us as the people of God to process our hurts and disappointments well. If we don’t learn to fully deal with the hurts of our past, we may like Terah be tempted to settle in places where we end up keeping those wounds alive rather than walking free into the crazy wonderful destiny that God has marked out for each of us.
The beautiful thing about this story is that God redeems what is lost for Terah and calls Abraham to continue journeying to where his father had started out – and promises all of that land as an inheritance for him and his offspring. Oh the kindness of our God – giving to Abraham what Terah had hoped for all those many years ago.
Let me encourage you (and me!) today: let’s be quick to bring our wounds and hurts before Jesus and allow Him to bring healing and restoration to our hearts and minds so that we are a people who walk fully free of our pasts, empowered to keep pressing forward into all the adventures that God has promised us.