One day I picked up my ten-year-old son from school, and he was in obvious distress. We made a trip to the ER but the doctor, although he suspected appendicitis, was not able to positively identify the problem. My husband and I had to give our permission for exploratory surgery--one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make. What parent would want to inflict unnecessary pain upon their child? As it turned out, my son did have appendicitis, and the surgery was necessary.
This episode of my life gives me a little insight into what Abraham must have felt in Genesis 22.
And it came to pass after these things, that God did test Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.