Focal passage: Genesis 12:1-8
My daughter recently turned two. Moving into the toddler phase has already been more surprising than I prepared for. I read up on developmental shifts, but still, the first time Liv pushed away a once favorite book, saying, “Nooooo!” I was affected.
Now that she’s two I try to refer to her – especially when talking to her – as a big girl instead of a baby. She loves to point to photos we have around the house, noting “dada,” “mama” and “baby,” but I’ve begun to gently say, “Yes, that’s dada, mama and big girl Liv!” As we delve into the days of mismatched shoes and new feelings, I want to cultivate her curiosity and independence in ways appropriate for the two-year-old big girl she is and ways that glorify God.
Our world is small right now – we stay home together – but it won’t always be small. I want to begin preparing her even now for when her world is much, much bigger.
When God called Abram to leave his country and family to follow Him in Genesis 12, Abram’s world changed. The life he knew with Sarai was about to grow much, much bigger! God would move them hundreds of miles away from all they knew, making space in their lives so that He could provide more abundantly for them and the world than they could have ever imagined.
Abram and Sarai walked confidently in that calling to leave, not because of where they were asked to go, but because of the faith they had in the Lord who had asked them to follow Him. I love how simply verse four states Abram’s response: “So Abram went, as the LORD had told him…” God said go, so Abram went.
I know one day Liv’s world is going to be much bigger than her father and me, so today we sing songs and read stories about our God together so that when God calls her, she doesn’t have to hesitate. She can be confident in following the Lord because it’s the Lord she’s following.