During my recent devotional time, I came to this text and found it absolutely profound. Terah, the father of Abraham, gathered his family to leave Ur to go to Canaan. However, when they got to Haran, a land with the same name of Terah’s son who died, Terah stays there until he died. Terah never made it to the land of Canaan. He got stuck in Haran. We know the rest of the story, that God led Abraham to the land of Canaan.
So what if Terah was called by God to take his family to the land of Canaan but when he got stuck in Haran, Terah missed his blessing so God had to call Abraham to finish the assignment. This is purely speculation because the Bible never states that Terah was the chosen one. However, I found the passage so closely related to how we sometimes get stuck in grief after losing a loved one.
Last year, I lost a family member that was very close to me. This individual was someone who knew all about me. We grew up together, literally and figuratively. He was that person I was able to call on and who often called on me to do things that I wouldn’t normally do. So when he passed away, I felt like a part of me was missing too. I went through a grieving period and then I had to get up and move forward. Was it easy? NOOOOOO!
This grieving period is different for everyone, however, I would caution anyone not to get stuck there. You have to get up and keep going because there are things that you have been purposed to finish. Terah never made it past Haran. He died there.
There are some things in life that will absolutely shake your core. However, don’t allow grief to overcome you, seek additional assistance. It is ok to ask for help when you come to conclusion that don’t know how to move past the difficulty. Seeking professional assistance can pinpoint the area or time in your life where you got stuck and put you on a path to move past it. If you are feeling like you are dwelling in something that happened in the past that is hindering you from seeing your future positively, connect with a professional that will help you to continue moving forward. The ultimate goal is not to erase the memory but to aid you in getting and go getting your blessing.