Good morning, peeps!
I was going to devote this entire blog entry to expressing how much I’ve missed you all and tell you over and over how glad I am to be back.
There. I did it.
This is the start of a new bible study series titled “Metamorphosis: Becoming Who We Are To Be”. In this four-part series, we’ll dive deep into the early life of Jacob and pick apart his journey to becoming the father of that mighty nation aptly called “The Children of Israel”. Our study will begin in Genesis 2… Wait a second.
Before I go further, I want y’all to know that I DO NOT get a kick out of God changing my plans. I do not. I was trying to type “Genesis 25”, but I felt a “hold up” in my spirit.
So…let’s start with Genesis 24:4-8. This passage sets up the stage for Jacob to even exist…how his mom and dad meet. It’s the directive of Abraham – well, the oath between Abraham and his eldest servant on how to find a wife for Isaac. This conversation between Abraham and his servant starts with “And Abraham was old – “well stricken with age”. How old do you have to be in order to be considered “well stricken with age”? There are days when I groan and sound like Rice Krispies in milk as I walk and I feel “well stricken with age”. Genesis 24:4-8 reads:
And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?
And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.
The Lord God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.
And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.
only bring not my son thither again.
Even if the plan falls through…only bring not my son thither again.
Even if who you become is not who you’d thought you would be…only bring not my son thither again.
Even if who you become is amazing but being that person is hard as all get out…only bring not my son thither again.
Even if becoming who you are meant to be means losing those you thought would rock with you all the way to glory…only bring not my son thither again.
This series is about becoming. That word – becoming – is like an unmarked box that you find in your grandma’s attic: you don’t know all that’s in it. Through Jacob’s journey, we will discover that “becoming” is about losses and gains, trips and falls, bent knees and dislocated body parts. It’s about changed minds and hearts, realizations and confessions, starts and stops. And, it’s about never going thither again.
I’m ready to dig in.