God promised Abraham and Sarah the impossible. Or perhaps more accurately, he waited so long that the fulfillment of promise became impossible.
The years passed and he watched them replay his words, hoping and afraid to hope. He saw the tears and felt their emptiness as they watched each other grow old. He knew the words they didn’t say, the questions they dared not speak aloud. He heard their explanations for the delay. He was in the room when they came up with the Hagar solution. Afterward, he heard the accusations and watched the jealousy and resentment grow.
He saw their lips move silently in the darkness and understood their confusion. He watched their faces as they retraced their steps from Ur, wondering where they had gone wrong.
He felt their pain, and still he waited.
“Then the Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him.”
Abraham was a hundred years old and Sarah had been well beyond the age of childbearing. But God did the impossible, just as he had promised.
Sarah said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” Only the God of the universe, the author of life, speaks with such authority.
Has he spoken into your life? Has the God of Abraham given you a promise that seems impossible to believe? The God who called you is faithful. May the Lord visit you as he has said, and may he do to you as he has promised.