Stay or Go

Dorothy Hostetter

READ : Genesis 26:1-6

Why stay in arid Canaan when the wealth, water supply, and excitement of Egypt are just down the road?

Isaac faced a choice. Pastures with water holes were essential for his livestock. But some years the rains didn’t come in that arid area. It got so bad that there wasn’t even enough food for the family and servants.

When rainfall is scarce in Texas, Florida or California, our supermarkets bring produce from Central America or the Netherlands. We have forgotten what famine feels like. We’re trying to lose weight instead!

The Ch’ols of Chiapas, Mexico know what the economic squeeze feels like. When there isn’t enough land to divide among their sons, the boy who does well in school is sent into town to learn a trade. Often these boys live with strangers, with no one to give them spiritual guidance. The economic problem may be solved, but those impressionable Ch’ol boys lose their cultural and spiritual anchors which money cannot replace.

“Stay in this land for awhile, and I will be with you and bless you . . . So Isaac stayed.” Isaac chose God’s presence, and God provided for him. As a college student I let go of a career in music to follow God’s leading. How thankful I am for that choice!


Lord, may your presence be more to me than anything else in the world. Amen.