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12 January 2009

RAW BEGINNINGS
Contemporary Art Palette Knife Daily Painting Horse by Laurie Justus Pace

24 x 24 x 2 inches Oil on Canvas

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I finished my book last night. The ending was good with drawing some solid parallels to use in life, but there was no "happy ending" that the adult child changed and went and lived happily ever after.... the adult parent did though and that was important to me.

The parallel drawn was to Isaac, son of Sarah and Abraham. The late in life child, the apple of their eye, the purpose of their life, and God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son on the altar on the mountain.

"When they arrived at the place where GOD had told Abraham to go, he built an altar and placed the wood on it. Then he tied Isaac up and laid him on the altar over the wood. And Abraham took the knife and lifted it up to kill his son as a sacrifice to the Lord." Genesis 22:9-11

Despite his heavy heart and his anxiety, Abraham followed God's instructions to the point of placing the boy on the altar after gathering the wood for the fire to burn him after killing him with a knife. I have no idea of what type of conversation would have transpired between father and son to the point the father placed him up on the altar. Any normal young teen would be saying, "Whatcha doing that for dad? What is going on, why am I up here? WHAT? YOU Are going to burn me alive?"

I sure for the son he felt totally abandoned and shaken to his core; Abraham must have felt devastated but committed so fully to the Lord, that he followed and trusted 100 percent. I have to do this with one of my sons now. My question to you is, what is your "Isaac" in your life? What are you controlling so tightly that you cannot give it over to God? What are you planning and doing, pushing and pursuing that you are hovering over it to MAKE IT HAPPEN and you feel it will all fall apart or fail if you step back? What are you NOT letting go of in your life?

God loves you. God will push it through to where it is suppose to be if you have the simplicity of child like faith and belief that He will provide what you need. Who on this earth today, could fathom sacrificing their own child, knowing the request came from a loving compassionate God? It was a test to strengthen Abraham's faith. He had to trust God.

Can you trust God with your life, your treasures, your future and your obedience? What is your Isaac?


Joy and Abundance,
Laurie

"Then the angel of the Lord called again to Abraham from heaven," This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not with held even your beloved son, I swear by my own self that I will bless you richly. I will multiply your descendants into countless millions, like the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore. They will conquer their enemies and through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed, all because you have obeyed me." Genesis 22 15-18

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