We are all attracted by freshness. Every time we visit the market, there is that freshness that we are looking for. We do not hesitate to look at the expiry date and as much as it’s in our knowledge we always refrain from buying food items that have lasted long or almost going stale. In the same manner and if we are careful to observe, there are things that occasionally get stale in our lives. A dream you once had which is long forgotten and some prayers you once used to pray that you have given up on. Those things that makes you feel let down by God. They pain us because we can’t have an exchange with God. It’s normal to avoid those things that cause us pain and especially dreams that were once cherished but were denied and now forgotten. Examples of such may include blossoming relationships or families that crushed on us or career aspirations that were ruined. When God visited Abraham after the birth of Ishmael, Abraham tried to avoid the topic of a promised son. As soon as God started the story of a child of promise, Abraham interjected and told him, it’s okay; let Ishmael thrive and live before you. What alternative are you having today to console you in your pain? What topic do you no longer wish to discuss because it hurts you and pierces you with pain? Where are your dreams dead and dry? There is a God who is a specialist in bringing dry bones back to life. He remembers what’s dry and forgotten in our lives. Continue with your Ishmael if you must, but don’t harden your heart towards the possibilities of God reviving the dreams you once cherished! He can do it irrespective of our mistakes.
“And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!” Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac.” Genesis 17:18-19a NIV
Last modified: October 18, 2020