My mom over at Treasure to Treasure is doing and online version of her Woman’s Bible study. I decided to join in too. We are reading “When I Lay my Isaac Down: Unshakable Faith in Unthinkable Circumstances.” this week completing chapter 6. Here are the links for Chapters 1 & 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4. and Chapter 5.
I’m not sure why cuz it seems dumb. But I think I got stuck in crisis mode. Its like I’m looking at everything trying to find something to be upset about. Now don’t miss-understand this I’m not walking around angry and depressed but its just like something is not quite back to “normal.” After a good talk with Mac on Wednesday and reading this chapter I can tell that outlook is starting to change!
This week was “But Where is the Lamb? The Power of Faith” Specifically referring to when Abraham and Isaac were walking up the mountain and Isaac realized they had everything they needed except the actual sacrifice, the lamb. Carol points out that even though in this situation the lamb was provided, it isn’t always.
- Sometimes the sick person isn’t healed (at least in the way we want.)
- Sometimes good Christians make bad illegal decisions and go to jail.
- Sometimes the extra money doesn’t appear in time.
I’m sure there are a thousand other examples of when the lamb doesn’t appear. However that doesn’t mean God isn’t near. I like this quote from Oswald Chambers.
“Living a life of faith, means never knowing where you are being led. But it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading. It is literally a life of faith not of understanding and reason – a life of knowing Him who calls us to go”
But right now in this moment which is all that matters I’m so blessed. There was a lamb while God didn’t heal Mark in the way I would have wished for, He did heal him. By Mark living out life they way he did, he touched people. He touched me, even though he was the sick one many times he was my rock.
God has also provided a lamb for a need I didn’t know I had. I could have lived forever on my own and never would have dealt with some of the ‘issues’ that come out of having a spouse pass away after a fight with cancer. But God brought Mac into my life to help me with that, and while sometimes that’s a pretty rocky road, its a road with a destination and its getting a little smoother every day. I have a husband who believes in me, who knows I can overcome anything with Gods help and I will defeat the insecurities and control issues this journey up the mountain has left me with.
I can’t wait to see what I’m going to learn next. Lessons aren’t always easy but they are good.