“Who would’ve said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children?” (Gen. 21:7).
Sarah made this exclamation after giving birth to her son Isacc. She was in disbelief! She was way beyond childbearing years–the situation was impossible. So, even though she was holding baby Isaac in her arms, she still couldn’t believe it. Who would’ve said that Sarah would nurse children? Undoubtedly, no one. No observer, no outsider, no one on earth was likely to think that Sarah would ever nurse children! But God made a way when there was no way.
This declaration stands as a reminder that while there’s value in listening to the community of Christ, the truth is that no one really knows what God is up to but God. For God knows our hearts and the plans he has for our individual journey (and how that intersects with others’ journeys as well), and God can do things for us that are beyond what we can ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20). God has plans to prosper us (Jer. 29:11). I wonder how life would be different if we lived as if God has so much unfathomable good stored up for us (Psalm 31:19). What if we lived life in anticipation of the good that God might have up God’s sleeve? How would life be different?
As we launch into the season of Lent, I want to invite you to set aside this time for leaning into God in prayer while holding on to this hope that God is up to something good!