By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11:8).

Our dog Chloe usually hates riding in the car. But yesterday she surprised us by jumping in with Susan as she was about to go back to the office after lunch. From the driver’s side floorboard, Chloe made her way to the center console and then to Susan’s lap. She didn’t know where her “mama” was going, but she wanted to be with her!

That’s devotion. It was enough for Chloe that she would be with Susan. The destination, what might come next, didn’t matter. It was the companionship, the closeness that was important.

Scripture tells us that Abraham went out not knowing where he was going, only that God would be with him. That, too, is devotion, the trust of a faithful person in the One who holds the future in his hands.

In these uncertain times, we have little we can cling to with confidence. Indeed, all we can truly count on is the constant presence of God with us. We travel our journeys, knowing not where we go, but assured that God is and will be there.

That’s fatih. That’s devotion.

© 2010 Tom Cheatham