"By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God... All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one..." (from Hebrews 11) We are a people that began with tent-dwellers and wanderers and pilgrims, and we are invited, too, into this life of impermanence. Not that we aren't present and grounded wherever we are *now*, but that the security of that place is not what grounds us. Sometimes, we can find that we have grown too attached to safety and stability, at the expense of leaning into new invitations out into freedom and love. What invitations have been trying to make their way into your heart? What response might need to be made "by faith" as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob's? Is there some way you're being invited to embrace instability for a while, to be on a particular journey with God? What might your "yes" look like - today?

Posted by Jamie Bonilla at 2021-10-01 13:32:01 UTC