Celebration and Sorrow. I’ve had those juxtapose emotions within me at the same time. I’ve celebrated one child while morning the situation of the other - all in the same breath. As a mom, you’ve probably experienced that for your sons and daughters too.
Maybe you have one child who is easy and the other regularly difficult; healthy versus sick; intelligent versus mentally challenged; successful versus going down the wrong path.
Abraham experienced those same two emotions at the same time too.
At Isaac’s big weaning celebration, Ishmael poked fun at Isaac and made Sarah very angry. Sarah demanded that Ishmael and Hagar be sent away. Abraham was heartbroken. (Genesis 21)
We tend to pass over this little fact. We remember the sacrifice of Isaac, but we hear little of Abraham’s loss of his first child, Ishmael. In the middle of a celebration over one son, there was great sorrow over the other.
But God . . . don’t you just love the “but God” stories? But God showed up and comforted Abraham by giving him a promise for his son Ishmael. God would bless Ishmael too. And though I’m sure Abraham was sad to let his son go, I’m also sure he trusted God to keep his promise. (Hebrews 11)
As God’s children, we have promises too. Here’s one for you today:
And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for. (1 John 5:14-15 (NLT))
Enjoy the delights and celebrations of your family, and when there is sorrow, remember . . .
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)