Sunday 6 June 2021

Saturday of Week 12 Year 1

Imagine you are a childless couple and are already getting on in years, and you had guests at your house. While having a meal, one of the guest suddenly says: "I shall visit you again next year without fail, and your wife will then have a son." How would you respond? Quite likely some would say, "don't be silly, my wife and I are too old"; some might say, "oh come on, don't talk rubbish, factory closed long time ago (the 'factory' here refers the fertility period of a woman, before she hits menopause)."

This is exactly how Sarah in today's reading responded when she heard such words. In the reading, "Sarah laughed to herself, thinking, ‘Now that I am past the age of child-bearing, and my husband is an old man, is pleasure to come my way again!’" Yet, the guest in the reading did not take it as a joke or a laughing matter and re-emphasised, "Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the same time next year I shall visit you again and Sarah will have a son."

Now, this does not mean that elderly childless couples should get worried or concerned about conceiving at an old age and bearing a child. If it really happens, then we should praise God for such a miracle. But what it means is, if God can enable Sarah to conceive at an old age, just imagine what He can do for us if we are to consistently pray and ask Him. May we not laugh or scoff at such things, since God can make a way, even though there seems to be no way. May we put our trust in Him, and let Him do what is best for us, for His purpose and glory.

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