Do you ever have days when you feel like all you can is hold on? Those days when the glass definitely feels half full (and it wouldn't take much to drain it completely.) When the phone rings, asking for "the head of household" and you cautiously say "yes?"
When you simply hang on for bedtime, and trust God that tomorrow will be better? That your primary goal simply to get through the day?
Abraham was having one of those days. Three times in Genesis 22 (KJV version), he says "Here I am."
Yes, that chapter. When God tested Abraham by telling him to sacrifice his son on the mountain.
The first time he says the words, God is opening up a conversation. "Abraham!" "Yes, God. Here I am."
The second time, Isaac raises the troublesome question of "where is the sacrifice?" He begins with "My father?" That time, when Abraham said "Here am I," he began one the hardest conversaton ever held between father and teenage son.
The third time he said it, he held his knife poised, ready to strike Isaac in the heart. The angel of the Lord called "Abraham, Abraham!"
Abraham's response--"Here am I."
What a day (or several days). Started out as a normal day, turned into a nightmare, ended with a triumph of faith. I bet Abraham was exhausted, wrung by an emotonal wringer.
When I have one of those days . . . never as bad as what Abraham endured. . .I will offer that simple affirmation and offering. I'm here, Lord. I'm listening, waiting.
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