When Things Seem Impossible

18 June 2017

9 “Where is your wife Sarah?” they asked him.
“There, in the tent,” he said.
10 Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”
But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
Genesis 18:9-15 ESV

There were couple times this past semester  I had not so busy periods with coursework and other times that seemed near impossible to survive through. I remember one particular week, I thought there was no way I could manage finishing papers and projects with really close due dates, major exams with my grades hanging in there, and social events. I was kinda freaking out––it seemed like I had little time to even breathe! There was little I could do to help myself since all of them were important, so I prayed knowing this wasn't in my hands leaving it to God to see how it would all work out and using the time I had wisely. Happily, reflecting back on that time, I can say I was relieved once I made it through that week and couldn't have done it without relying on God's strength.

But even in those moments, leading to before I realize I'm not on my own, just as Sarah scoffed at an idea that seems impossible, sometimes I almost forget who God is and His nature: that He is loving, infinite, and gracious. 

He cares about us even when we worry about things that seem out of our reach or impossible. He is good and able to do what we may not be able to understand. And He is full of grace towards us, even when we are in unbelief.

Also, Happy Father's Day!

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