This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “settle.”
They must have been so excited as they started the journey – setting out on an adventure, leaving behind the familiar, stepping out in faith and obedience, heading for the land that God had promised… I’m sure there was fear but there must also have been anticipation at all that lay ahead. God had told them to head for the land of Canaan. Surely he must have something good in store for them.
Unfortunately, Terah never got to find out because, “He was headed for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and settled there. Terah lived for 205 years and died while still in Haran.” (Genesis 11:31-32 NLT)
I wonder what caused him to settle. Did he face challenges along the way? Did the journey seem too long and difficult? Or was it just that Haran was comfortable and appealing, a pleasant place to settle?
Whatever the reason, God was calling Terah to something greater, something that he never got to see because he chose to settle.
His story is a challenge to me.
Do I press on to all that God is calling me into, or do I set out on the journey, full of enthusiasm, but then find a pleasant place to settle along the way?
Do I settle for second best?
Am I content with “good enough” instead of pursuing the “life in all its fullness” (John 10:10) that Jesus came to offer?
This story challenges me to get up and keep moving. The journey may be full of challenges, and I may not know what lies ahead, but I don’t want my story to finish like Terah’s.
I don’t want to settle for less than God wants to give.