Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Think about the risk of starting over. You have to leave behind almost everything you know in a time and place where tradition and family mean everything. You leave this behind to enter a foreign land as an alien, with only a promise from an unseen God to lead your way.
Do you trust enough to do this?
Trust is a hard thing to measure -- it's easy to discuss, but we only really know when we trust someone when we're asked to do something hard, something difficult, and we're willing to do it. It's easy to trust when there are no demands. It's much harder when the world is asked of you.
This is why it's critical to build a relationship with God throughout your whole life. Trust is built in the day in and day out of a relationship. It's built in small moments, over time, so that when the relationship is tested, when much is asked, we discover that trust is there. Trust doesn't appear in a moment, but shows up over a lifetime, so that when God sends you to a new place, you go, trusting that the God who has always shown up will continue to do so.
May we lean into God today, building that relationship, so that when storms come, we will discover that we have enough trust in God to continue to depend on him.