The Longest Three Days by Phil
Waiting is tough. Whether it's for that last school bell of the day to ring or Christmas morning to finally arrive, that Friday night second date, or that first nine month blessing, time folds its wings and barely moves. Then there's the other kind - waiting for the doctor's call with those dreaded test results or the last breath from one you've loved all your life. Waiting is tough. When we tell our stories we skip right to the end, yet the majority of life is spent waiting. The Bible is no different. It's full of stories of waiting, sometimes you just have to look for them.
Father Abraham's story is familiar to most. In his old age God promised him a son and waited twenty five years to deliver. Then as the boy was growing into a man, God asked Abraham to kill him as a sacrifice. Of course, God came thru with a ram in the thicket, Isaac was saved, Abraham's faith was proven and we have a beautiful foreshadowing of God's own great sacrifice of His son on Golgotha. But there is part of the story you may have overlooked.
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, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”
Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. - Genesis 22:1-4
Did you see it? "On the third day..." Not only did Abraham have to try to get a good night's sleep after receiving the worst news of his life, the journey to Moriah took three days! Three days walking beside the son you would soon have to give up. Seventy two hours to wonder if serving God was worth the sacrifice. 4,320 minutes to plead with God to change His mind, to wonder how he would tell Sarah their son was not coming home, to picture life without Isaac.
I wonder how he spent the time. Did he tell Isaac about how he met his mother, their adventures in foreign lands, his encounters with the God of universe? Did they relive happy moments from Isaac's childhood? Was their conversation filled with, "Remember the time we..." or did Abraham suffer in silence? Did he look over at his rambunctious boy and study every shaggy hair on his head, memorize every curve of his face, capture each chuckle in his heart? Did he tell Isaac he was an amazing young man, that he was proud to be his Dad? Did he say "I love you, son"?
We don't know what Abraham did during those three days, the Bible skips right to the end where God came through in an amazing way. But I imagine those were the longest in Abraham's life. Waiting is tough.
Chances are good that you are waiting for something right now, even if you're not sure what it is. How are you spending your waiting time? Are you treasuring each moment with the ones you love? Remembering joyful blessings? Drawing closer to the God who knows what lies ahead? Waiting is tough, but maybe it's also an opportunity. A chance to notice the details we miss speeding down life's highway. A chance to say "I love you" from the deepest part of our hearts.
No matter how you choose to spend this waiting time, don't waste it. It may seem long, but soon time will spread it's wings and fly away, taking these moments with it.
Make the most of each one.