This week our family is enjoying a Thanksgiving week in my favorite city, Charleston SC (and I’m writing this blog from my favorite coffee shop – Baked). I am thankful for this “down time” for the 5 of us. This morning I’ve been reflecting on how thankful I am or the times I’ve waited for Isaac.
Year’s ago, as I was wrestling with a decision, a very wise friend suggested that maybe “Hagar and I should quit trying to have a baby” and just wait on Isaac. If you don’t catch the reference (it’s not Isaac from the Love Boat), in the Old Testament God promises give a son to Abraham and Sarai from whom a great nation would emerge. God’s timing doesn’t exactly match Abraham’s – Abe get’s tired of waiting and decides to take control of the situation. He has a son, Ishmael, by Sarai servant, Hagar, and ultimately makes a complete mess of things. Then another 14 years of waiting go by before Isaac is born and God’s promise fulfilled.
In a world of instant results it’s hard to wait on Isaac. Too often we anxiously and impatiently attempt to take control and solve things on our own. It’s a temptation in our relationships, careers, finances and almost aspect of life. Sometimes we need a carpe diem attitude to stop hesitating and seize the day. But sometimes the wiser course is to wait for Isaac.