Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” ~ Genesis 22:1 - 2
Have you ever wondered what life was like for Abraham and Isaac after this encounter on the mountain? I've often thought that Isaac would have continued to be cautious any time his dad said, "Hey, want to go on a walk with me?"
The ability to move on from a situation like this, or any situation in our life where we have found ourselves wounded, or somehow hurt, can be difficult.
Sometimes we must make a conscious decision to move on, or risk getting "stuck" in that emotion. Becoming attached to this menatility can often lead to an even greater wound. It's important to explore these feelings, but the greater lesson involves learning how to move on.
I still wonder what Isaac's face looked like the next time Abraham said, "Hey son, let's go for a walk."
One thing is for certain, moving forward and remaining faithful to God, for any of us, often leaves us stronger.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.