Imagine the labor pains, the sweat and the cries of a mother in agony (no Epidural!) giving birth to a child when she’s in her nineties. Those cries and the gasps for air are replaced by another cry– that of a newborn child. A miracle baby has just been born. The midwife gives the child to his mother. She’s sweaty, dirty and crying silently…but these are tears of joy. She’s in awe as she embraces her little child. The child she’s been waiting for, daydreaming about for so long. There’s nothing to fear now.
“We’re safe now”, the mother thinks to herself.
The child isn’t crying anymore.
Now the whole room is silent. The sweet light of the late afternoon sun enters through the window. Everything is still and perfect. The midwife observes the warm picture.
Joy fills the air but nobody says anything.
Suddenly there’s a burst of laughter. It’s the heartfelt laughter of a mother who once was barren, hopeless, empty, and living quite impossible circumstances…but then was promised a son. Twenty-five years before, God had promised her husband Abraham a child. What they hoped for in faith for such a long time, now was seen with their own eyes.
Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;
break forth into singing and cry aloud,
you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate one will be more
than the children of her who is married,” says the LORD.
Enlarge the place of your tent,
and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
and strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left,
and your offspring will possess the nations
and will people the desolate cities.
Sarah then says: “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age”.
What a good question. Who would’ve thought that this couple, with so many weaknesses, sins, and short-comings, would see this day? God did. He made a promise. He made a covenant with them. In spite of their impossibilities, He remained faithful…and in His timing, He did it.
It’s almost dark now. The sun is setting. Before we go and leave this hard-to-believe scene, we can’t help to ask ourselves one last question. How could she do it? And then, how could she stand the pressure of time? How could she stop her impatience and wait for so long? How could she make it to the end?
Then the answer comes,
By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.
Oh Lord, give us Sarah’s faith in You who are faithful and with whom there are no impossibilities!