Sarah wanted the blessings of becoming a mother so desperately. She was a righteous woman with a righteous desire. So why wasn’t she being blessed in the ways she was pleading for? I’m sure this situation was beyond difficult and incredibly frustrating. I think many of us can put ourselves in Sarah’s shoes without any problem.
In God’s time, Sarah was given the blessings she’d been pleading for – and far more than she could ever imagine. Sometimes we have to wait longer than we think is possible for blessings. Sometimes we have to wait until the next life. Blessings come when we ask sometimes too.
It’s in the waiting that we become closer to our Father though. It’s in the waiting that our faith is tested, and sometimes sees to fail us. When we are in the waiting though, we can become closer to Him too. It is in the waiting that we become more than we ever imagined we could. The growth in our lives happens in the waiting periods.
Hagar + Ishmael
We can learn so much from Hagar as well. Hagar was asked to leave when Ishmael was around 17/18 years old. They left and lived in the wilderness. Abraham had given them water and food, but it soon ran out. Hagar we sure they were going to die. Ishmael prayed and his prayer was answered. Hagar turned around a well was behind her. God didn’t remove them from the wilderness, but He provided a well for them to be renewed.
He does the same for us. The trials are not always removed, but He gives us strength in them in ways we can see – like a well, and sometimes He gives us strength in ways we can not see until after it has passed.
There is so much to learn from Sarah and Hagar this week! Make sure you didn’t miss the last episode! Episode 55 is all about Noah’s wife!