“Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.”Genesis 21:2-3 (NIV)
Sarah had once imagined sticky handprints on the walls, bedtime cuddles, and Saturday mornings spent with a child. But the years had slowly turned into decades, and there was no baby.
She had cried more tears than there were drops of water in the ocean. Eventually, she reached a place of painful acceptance. She let go of the dream and accepted that a child would never come from her womb.
But, one day, she overheard her husband, Abraham, talking to two strangers. Angels the Lord had sent who promised that she would bear a son.
Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought:
“After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”Genesis 18:11-12 (NIV)
Sarah’s laughter revealed her inner doubt. She smoothed her hand over her flat belly and sighed. She was no nearly ninety, and her youth had faded long ago. Yet her doubt didn’t stop God from giving her a son.
Sarah’s story proves that God can still work a miracle even when we struggle with doubts. His miracles are not dependent on you or what you do, for He is the Eternal God.
God, forgive us for our doubts. We trust in You to redeem all the difficult situations we face in Your way and in Your timing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.