This Time Next Year

In Genesis 18, the Lord appears to Abraham to tell him something impossible. We read this: The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Sarah, of course, laughs to herself; she knows this is impossible. But the Lord insists: “Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

I thought about that idea of “this time next year.” I thought of impossible things I would also like to trust the Lord for as led by the Holy Spirit. It became a fun and powerful exercise to think of what I would like to be true of my life and ministry this time next year. I think of Sarah laughing in her tent. I think of her giggling with the impossible joy of it and the unbelief in her heart. What if I could believe? What if I would listen to the promises of God? I write down in my journal my largest and most impossible dreams for my two daughters, for my husband, and for my own life. This time next year. . .

What would you write? What seems impossible and too hard for the Lord? What kinds of promises would make you laugh if the Lord came to you and spoke this kind of blessing into your life–of fruitfulness and legacy like Sarah? What would you want to be true of your own walk with the Lord this time next year?

Put a little reminder in your phone or in your computer. Let’s check back with each other July 20, 2021 and rejoice in the impossible things the Lord has done for us and within us.

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