“And Sarai said to Abram, ‘Behold now, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Go in to my servant; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.’ And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai.” Genesis 16:2 ESV
“And Sarai said to Abram, ‘May the wrong done to me be on you! I gave my servant to your embrace, and when she saw that she had conceived, she looked on me with contempt. May the Lord judge between you and me!’ But Abram said to Sarai, ‘Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.’ Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her.” Genesis 5-6 ESV
Sarai tried to take matters into her own hands when she didn’t understand God’s plan or agree with His timing. She doubted God’s capability or willingness to fulfill His promise to her. However, Sarai’s impatience resulted in frustration and regret. She then continued in sin and dealt harshly with her servant, who had been forced into an unseemly situation. When God again reminded Sarai (now called Sarah) of His promise, she laughed because of her old age. In response, the Lord asked Abraham in Genesis 18, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” God keeps His promises, but He loves to operate outside of our preconceived timelines. He is glorified by doing what seems impossible in the natural. Nothing is too hard for our God. We can trust both in His goodness and His ability to fulfill His will in His timing.