Thorns among the Barbs

Thoughts on my journey to heaven

Sarai – and childlessness Part 1

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In Genesis Chapter 18 we begin to understand Sarai, Abram’s wife.  She is a barren woman in an agrarian culture where fruitfulness is a blessing, and childlessness is a stigma, a shame.  The opening passage of the chapter gives us a glimpse into the tensions of that fact- Sarai wants to be like the rest of the women, yet God has not allowed her to bring forth life.

Sarai is wrestless as she tries to fix this my sending her servant in to Abram.  And when the servant turns up pregnant Sarai is even more angry.   Lessons are learned hard some times – Sarai is a typical woman, wanting to make everything ok, trying to find resources to resolve a situation, but that resolution is not filtered, not sifted through God’s hands.  God had a plan for a child to be born to Sarai and Abram, but it was not through this servant girl.  It would involve a time of waiting, of believing for the impossible, of growing old without seeing the fruit of this promise and of waiting until the time was right for the hand of God to move.  But Sarai was so much like me because she wanted closure – she wanted resolution of the issue and she was looking for tangible answers to the haunting childless issue…. and waiting was probably the last thing on her mind.   But waiting was the better option, the higher calling.

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Written by Barbara Bloom

January 14, 2009 at 2:14 PM

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