It’s important to remember what else he brought on his journey (besides his issues).
Namely, all the faith that he needed in order to start on that journey.
There’s nothing in the Biblical text that indicates why Abram might have been chosen to go on this unexpected journey. Nothing that might reveal why this God might have picked him above everyone else.
(By the way: what if it’s not so much that God PICKED Abram; maybe it’s that God is ALWAYS calling, and Abram was the only one who just happened to be willing to hear?)
It would have been easy for Abram to focus on the gaps in the invitation “go to a land which I will show you”? How do I enter that into GPS?
Or on the enormity of the invitation—“Uh, how am I supposed to be the father of a nation when my wife and I appear to be unable to have children?”
Instead Abram just does what life requires of us: he just starts moving.
Life doesn’t require that we have all the answers (because I can guarantee you that we do not).
Life doesn’t require that we know the DESTINATION.
Life just requires that we are willing to take the first step.
And what Abram is taking with him is that willingness to take the first step. He’s willing to believe that maybe, JUST MAYBE, life is more than what he’s experienced so far.
And so he starts moving, and becomes the paradigm of faith for everyone, a reminder that how you do anything is how you do everything.
Abram’s journey starts with a willingness to start moving—from Ur to Canaan. Our journey starts EVERY DAY with that same willingness. Start moving. Our unknown journey every 24 hours can be just as adventurous (and impactful) as Abram’s.