2013-07-24 - What Would Sarah Say?
Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. (Genesis 21:1-2)
I think Abraham and I would be good parents. Some women tell me I am better off without offspring, all the extra work and responsibility, especially at my age. I can't deny that life will be different and challenging with a little one. And yet, that is the one area of life that seems to be missing.
I desperately wanted to be a mother, but now, when my husband and I are well past childbearing years, I hear we are to have a baby. I did not believe that divine prediction, and so I laughed. You would, too, if you were me at that moment.
I denied laughing. I based my belief on what I see with my Earthly eyes. I should have known better; the Lord is not limited as us mortals.
Sure enough, we had a child, a son Abraham named Isaac, meaning laughter. The name reminds me to believe God and not doubt His sense of timing. I still do not understand why we had to wait so long, though. Perhaps when people hear of Isaac's birth, they will be encouraged to rely on the Lord.
Lord, I know I should trust You. I have. I did, and I still haven't received the answer to my prayer. Help me to learn from Sarah, and not look to outward circumstances as the source of joy and peace. I only need to wait on You. Help me not to be discouraged in the waiting. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.