The Bible is full of some pretty hardcore awesome women. But, just like us, those women were real, authentic, vulnerable, and imperfect. The other day I was reading Chapter 18 of Genesis, which gives us part of the story of Abraham, the granddaddy of all of Israel, and his wife Sarah. While I was reading the story that I had read several times before, I noticed something I must have somehow skipped over in the past. Sarah said and did something that stopped me in my tracks. It made me chuckle. It made me put my hand to my mouth and say, “That is SO me!” It also made me think. Allow me to explain…
This is all my paraphrasing of course (NCV: New Christina Version), but basically God told Abraham, “Listen man, your descendents are going to be so numerous, that they will outnumber the stars in the sky. Like, get ready, because there might be a TLC reality show about you guys. We’re talking that many kids.”
Here’s the problem. Abraham was almost 100 when God told him this and Sarah was 90. I’m sure you can understand why they had a hard time picking up the truth that God was laying down. In fact, it says that Abraham fell facedown laughing when he heard this news. Then, cut to Sarah. She overheard Abraham talking about this and she laughed to herself, thinking she was alone. After all, she’s 90 years old and thinking, yeah right, I’m way past my prime, this is some sort of joke.
Then God asks Abraham: “Why did Sarah laugh and question what I said?” Which is hilarious really, because. Um. He’s God. It’s like when I asked my then 2 year old, “Why did you draw all over your body with Sharpie?” Because she’s two and has no impulse control. I know this. He’s God, He knows why everyone does everything. ButSarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”
To which he replied, “No, you did laugh.”
Again, cracks me up because it makes me think of my child with a Sharpie. I have her on video denying that she drew all over herself and she said, “No. Mommy did it. Effer did it?” Effer was her endearing nickname for her brother Christopher at the time. Anyways, my child, don’t try to deny the obvious from mommy, okay, I know it all. Almost. And Sarah, you can’t hide the truth from God, because he legitimately DOES know it all.
And the story goes on that yes, within the next year, Sarah did get pregnant, she did have a child, that child did go on to do everything that God said he was going to do. And it got me thinking about what we do when confronted with something I view as absurd or difficult. We get this “You’ve got to be joking” mentality and we laugh at what God puts in front of us. We can’t believe it. I know I’ve been there. So many times in my past have I laughed, or maybe laugh-cried, when things seem hard.
Ha! You want me, as a brand new mom, to move 1000 miles away from the only life I’ve known and then right after that, navigate life while my husband was on an 8 month combat deployment? Ok God, you’re hilarious. No way.
This may happen with a variety of challenges that people face.
You want to place me in WHAT situation?
You mean to say that I’m going to have to do THIS HARD SCARY THING?
No way, uh uh, no can do.
But I skipped over what God tells Abraham in Chapter 18, verse 14.
He asks him, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
Another question to which he already knows the answer. No. Nothing is too hard for the Lord. If He brings you to it, He’ll see you through it. No matter how crazy or unbelievable it might seem to you. You just have to let down your guard, let Him guide you, and keep moving forward in faith. Just like Sarah. Well, just like Sarah after she got over her shock and laughter. ;)