I don’t know if you’re like me, but I am. Anyway, if you’re like me, you act surprised that this life isn’t about instant gratification. As my mom would often say in the direction of my ear, “The world does not revolve around you.”
I thought that was pure tragedy.
But, seriously, what on earth has led me astray into this illogic? That what I want I get now. Or I get in the near future. Or at least before Ann Taylor replaces it on the shelf for something for the new season.
Isaac was 40 years old when married Rebekah. (Isaac as in Abraham’s son, not the bartender on “The Love Boat.”)
Did you know that?
They lived a lot longer back then, but still…40!
I was reading Genesis 25:1-11 and – if I’m reading it right – was amazed to realize that Isaac (a.k.a “child of promise”) was still single when Ishmael was married with 12 sons of his own. Now if I was him I’d be scratching my head wondering if ‘ol Dad heard God wrong. Um…isn’t it through me that the nations will be blessed and my descendants will be like stars in the sky? Is he the blessed one instead? Am I confused?
But the promise stood. Invisible. It just didn’t look like what the human eye could see.
Then, today, I read more. Did you know that Isaac and Rebekah were married 20 years before she finally got pregnant?
Sarah? Barren. Took forever – oh, and a servant-try – to get pregnant.
Rebekah? Barren. Took 20 years.
Kind of 0 and 2 when you think about populating the earth with God-followers quickly.
But God’s never been about quick action in lieu of a lesson. He’s about faith and trust and all of those things that make my head swim.
So, at 60, Isaac becomes a dad and Rebekah becomes a mom.
Whew. What a powerful reminder that’s been for me today that a typical journey of faith isn’t without barren terrority.
Deserts. Valleys. Mountains. Sleet. Rain. Hurricanes.
And often, fulfillment that looks nothing like what I’d thought it’d look like.
But then, sometimes, it shines brightly. Just like the stars on a cloudless night.