And Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.” She also said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age.” [Genesis 21:6-7]
Ever used the phrase ‘Who would have thought?’ I know I have. You know, when something you are wanting to happen suddenly happens or something unexpectedly good happens and we are like, ‘Woah, who would have thought?’ It’s that questioning phrase indicating surprise and amazement. In other words, ‘I know that ‘thing’ has just happened but how did that ‘thing’ just happen?’
I like to imagine Sarah, son in her arms with a kind of bemused look on her face as if to say, ’Who would have thought? We’ve had a son, at our age. I’m literally holding a baby. This gobsmacking!! I mean I know these things happen but how has this just happened?’
As we walk with God, I think it’s alright for us experience some moments like these. I might go so far to say we actually need them. Moments where God truly astounds us. Moments where we are lost for words. Moments when our jaw hits the floor.
Why do we need them? They remind us about the character of God…
He loves us and loves to bless us.
God is God and we are not.
Nothing is impossible with God.
If God says it will come to pass, then we best be ready for Him to bring it to pass.
When such things happen,we must remember it is God who brought it about.
Joy and life come to us through such moments.
Think about your own walk with God. Take a minute to ponder, stand amazed even, at the hand of God moving in and through your life. What has God done for you? Is it healing, reconciliation, forgiveness, opportunity, favour, protection? Perhaps it’s simply the fact that through the work of Jesus you have been redeemed, set free and saved. All are moments of awe and wonder, any of which might have caused us to say ‘Who would have thought?’