Sarah’s Promise

by Tereciah on December 4, 2013

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Sarah’s Promise

Is anything too hard for the Lord?  At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son” (Genesis 18:14).

Recently I had lunch with a friend whom I hadn’t seen in months.  She was telling me how her year had progressed and how her spiritual walk with God was coming along.

As we laughed and reminisced she quirked “I’m driving now!”   We both shrieked with excitement as she recanted her impossible story.  Over two years ago God gave her a vision of a car he was going to provide for her along with how the car would smell like.  She saw the make, model and color – everything!

When the car didn’t materialize within several months of her having this vivid vision she started wondering.  A year came and went and she started trying to make it happen through her works.  Phone calls here, a visit there, and many nights of internet research.

A year and a half in and she’s wondering if she really had the vision.  Doubt sets in.  Did God really say she was going to get that particular car?  Maybe it was that particular make but this color.  Two years in and she’s wavering between the promise and the stark reality.  Faith and disappointment, anger and the age old question of “why”.

Maybe He forgot?

Maybe He changed His mind.

Ever been there?  Ever wondered when the promise God has said is yours will be fulfilled?  Ever tried to fulfill a promise made by God faster than He would allow?

Everything my friend tried on her own didn’t work until she totally took her hands off the situation, check her attitude, stopped trying to make the car appear and allowed God to be God and bring it in His own timing.

It’s called waiting and it sucks!  Yes, I just said that!  But it’s true.  We have to wait.  As we wait we grow spiritually, emotionally and mentally.   It’s a season you go through to allow you to appreciate the blessing even more when it does arrive.

Abraham had been told that he would be the father of many descendants (Gen 15:5) and that left Sarah with the belief that those descendants would come from her.  But as she got older and remained barren, she decided to take things into her own hands – which resulted in serious consequences affecting the chosen promise up to today.

It took twenty-five years for the promise of Sarah being a “mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her… and a son I will give to her” to come to pass.

Twenty-five years.

That’s a long time.

Two years doesn’t seem long when compared to twenty-five, but it is if you’re catching the city bus and walking everywhere you go.

What is it that you’ve been waiting on God to fulfill for you?  Is it a spouse?  Bringing a wayward child back home?  Perhaps it’s a health issue or a financial breakthrough.  What about a home, a business or an idea He’s placed within you?  Whatever it is don’t give up.  Let go of the reins and allow God to be God and do it His way.

Don’t try to “make” things work to hurry it along.  Your way will only lead to undue circumstances and setbacks.   So have you a good cry, tell God how you really feel (yes, let it ALL out), then release the doubt, the worry and the cares and watch Him work it out.  It will come to pass!

Oh, and my friend, well, her car was delivered to her from out of state at just the right time!  Exact make, model and color – without the finances to justify the miracle!

Yes, God can do the impossible!!!

Be Blessed!

Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

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