Abraham’s wife waited on so many fronts!
Help me make a list of her waits:
She waited to leave home. Remember Abraham was called by God to leave his home, to take his wife and go to the land God had promised and set apart for his people.(Genesis 12)
Waiting to be moved has its challenges. There is excitement about something new, but there is also sadness in the leaving, in the good-byes, in the memories left behind. Waiting to be moved conjures up feelings of discomfort and dread. “What does my future hold for me?”
She waited asking, “Are we there yet?” When Abraham and Sarah set out for their long journey, did she have any idea where she was going, when she would arrive, what her new life would entail? She might have been walking and moving toward a goal, but she also waited – to arrive in the Promised Land.
I’ve been on the move, working toward a goal, and at the same time waiting for something to pass. I’ve experienced preoccupation, forgetfulness, frustration. I’ve longed to rid myself of that “cloud” forever hovering, until the wait is over. How freeing it would be to be able to focus on one thing rather than constantly being held back by… waiting.
Her journeys were sidetracked. Eventually she found herself in Egypt.(Genesis 12:10)
We often use words like dead end, speed bump, holding pattern, and sidetracked to describe those times in our lives when pulled to the side of the road to … wait! This is when “road rage” sets in. We lose control of our circumstances. We blame others. We become poor traveling companions.
Sarah waited for a baby. Her wait was an extreme one. Eventually she gave up on God.
Waiting can drive us to take matters into our own hands. Rather than using our time constructively we spend our time contriving and manipulating.
Sarah manipulated. Her waiting led her to desperate measures. She gave her maid to her husband. (Genesis 16)Surely a baby would be the result of their union. Did she think ahead, I wonder? Few of us seldom do. We allow ouselves to be consumed with object of our wait. We are so consumed by getting what we want we forget wisdom.
Sarah didn’t think ahead to the fact that Hagar might not want to give up her child. She didn’t consider the jealous factor. She didn’t trust that God might have other plans.
While you wait, read Sarah’s story. Ask God to show you through her choices how He would have you wait. Let’s always remember, God’s ways are always better than our manipulations. He “is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20)
Believe me, we do not want to stir up the ant hill. God has our lives under control. It may not seem so - from our point of view. Let’s learn from Sarah’s mistakes, to wait and trust that God has a plan and it is working its way into our lives.