The Call of Abraham

I will probably say this again:  This is my favorite Old Testament Bible story.  I love the call of Abraham because the story is so simple and so amazing at the same time.  For me, this is where the Bible story begins to get interesting; everything so far builds up to this moment where God simply calls one man, asks him to go somewhere, and promises him that he will be a blessing to others:

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.”

Abraham is the first of a great nation of believers who will listen to God’s call, who will learn to walk by faith, not by sight.  Maybe I’ve read too many Library posters:  as Bible readers the land we are encouraged to explore is mapped out for us in a book.  As we journey through God’s Holy Word, we will be changed and shaped and become the kind of person that God can use to bless others.  Maybe it will be in simple ways and maybe in ways we don’t even know, but I feel certain that when we are immersed in God’s Word, it opens us up to be an instrument of God’s love.  This is the call we still receive today:  Go where I show you to go and I will bless you to bless others.

Building on my recent review of page prep options, I thought I’d share how I use the products in my Bible.  First I put down a clear coat of Dina Wakely’s Clear Gesso.  On this particular page, I had some bad shaddowing, so I also put down two coats of Faber Castell’s white gesso in the margins, which reduced the distracting marks:

Then I painted and stamped away!  If you look really closely, you’ll notice a little smudging on the word “show.”  When I first wrote out the word “show”, I spelled it “swow” (UGG!  Mistakes happen!)–I was also able to use the Faber Castell white gesso as white out, too, to fix the mispelling.

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