I’m a fixer.
When something isn’t quite right, I just can’t let it go. I’ve got to make it right. A peace keeper (not the same as a peace maker), I’ll go out of my way to make sure no anxiety exists…and often, I choose to cross the line.
I cross the line from faith to fix, get in God’s way and make a mess.
I can be a lot like Sarai.
God gave the promise that He would bring a son to Sarai and Abram. As the head of his family, God chose to speak the promise to Abram and he was waiting in faith for God to do it.
But Sarai just couldn’t handle God’s timing. Waiting for God to work it out was stressful and as it mounted, she just had to fix it.
At the brink of her anxiety, Sarai crosses the line in Genesis 16:2 and models for us what happens when as women we bypass God’s plan for our man to lead and take up our plan.
Take a minute to read this short story in Genesis 16: 1 – 16.
Here’s how Sarai’s plan went down:
1. Sarai leads
2. Abram follows
3. Sarai blames
4. Abram abdicates authority
Their story is not so unlike mine. When I feel something is not going as planned or at the pace I want it to, I get involved; I try to lead instead of support. Nothing good ever comes of it.
Maybe you’re like me, and you too have a tendency to demonstrate a lack of trust in your man and your God by trying to fix things. Let’s take it from Sarai; that plan only leads to sin and a huge mess. When we experience tension today, let’s show both of our men that we trust their wisdom and judgement and let God do what he does best: work out all things together for our good.
PS…our girls are watching.