Abraham’s father lived in the beautiful city of Ur, where wise and clever people wrote wonderful formulae to understand the weather, and complicated stories to explain the skies. But these clever people weren’t very good at loving each other, or at loving God.
One day God told Abraham’s father to live somewhere else, where God could teach him and his family to be clever about God as well. But Abraham’s father only went halfway, stopping in another beautiful place, where clever people still didn’t understand.
God forgave him though, and loved him still, then asked Abraham to finish the journey.