Monday, March 5, 2012

Sarah, Submission

Sarah was beautiful, rich and married with the man she loved. Beautiful picture, is it not? But Sarah’s life was anything but easy; she had to face many challenges.

The first one was to leave the prosperous city of Ur of Chaldees, when all of a sudden God tells Abraham: “ Go to the land that I will show you.” To abandon everything and go to an unfamiliar place is not easy. To leave your comfort, the sure for something unsure, her beautiful house, her family, the place where she grew up and was happy, to go somewhere she had not even a clue of, specially for women something like this is not an invitation which sounds so appealing. But knowing all of this, Sarah still accepted the challenge and she showed submission to Abraham. She proved she’d be by his side in any and every situation. No matter the circumstances, good or bad, she had decided she would follow her husband and her God. 

Sarah served her husband with devotion, and respected him so much to the point of referring to him as lord.But she carried a deep suffering, her reality was dark and cruel; she couldn’t be a mother.Maybe she didn’t understand why that was happening to her, and even though Sarah had her husbands’ unconditional love, it was frustrating in those times to be a barren woman, it made her feel useless.It brought much pain and suffering to Sarah to deal with her issue of being barren, she was humiliated because she couldn’t give her husband children and create his line of descendents. 

To make matters worse even though it was her idea she had to see her slave caring her beloved husbands child. I’m sure she must have been jealous and upset.This all felt like too much to handle, but God had made a promise and it was about to come true.Sarah learned how to trust in Gods’ promises and at 90 years old her dream of being a mother came true.
How about you, in the midst of so many tribulations, have you chosen to follow the voice of God, or your own will?

In the midst of all your struggles, have you trusted or have you opted for the easy way out, trying to solve problems your way? When God tells you to leave it all and go, do you think about how comfortable you are, all the things you have or do you leave it all behind to follow God and prove your love for Him?

How about your husband? Have you treated him with respect and submission or do you always have to have the last word? These were Sarah’s dilemmas and each of us has to face our problems every day, but the decision is in our hands.

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