10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”
But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.” Genesis 18: 10 – 15 NIV
Sarah thought she was too old and shriveled to bear a child so she laughed when God said it would happen. She laughed, and God called her on it. Isn’t that great? I love how real and straightforward the Bible can be when humans are being humans.
I recently had a Sarah moment. My husband and I got married last June at ages thirty-seven and thirty-six, respectively. We wanted to have children but figured we either wouldn’t be able to or would have problems since we were so “old,” relatively speaking. In fact, as soon as we decided to try getting pregnant I began mentally preparing myself for adoption, figuring we would need to pursue that route sometime in the next year.
I was laughing at God, so to speak, assuming that it was too hard for him to provide us with children because I was old and shriveled, like Sarah. And God called me on it. He knew I’d largely convinced myself we wouldn’t be able to have children, so what did he do? He blessed us with a pregnancy after trying for one month. One month. Our little boy or girl (it’s a great mystery) will arrive this October.
Now I’m working on trusting that God will deliver in my Sarah moments. I’m praying for strengthened faith and trust in his divine wisdom and power so the next time it seems something is impossible, I will know in my heart, mind, and soul that nothing is impossible for our Lord and Savior.
Are you having a Sarah moment in your life? Are you limiting God, assuming that a desire of your heart is too hard for him to accomplish? If so, then maybe you should focus your prayer time on this thought: nothing is too difficult or too big for our God.