Grace Breathes

“By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life...” (Hebrews 11:11 NASB)

In Genesis 17:15, God changed Sarai's name by adding the 5th letter of the Jewish Alphabet hay (grace) to her name. This changed her name from Sarai (princess) to Sarah (mother of nations). God literally breathed his Grace into Sarai's barrenness transforming her into a fertile mother who would birth nations. The letter hay in the Jewish alphabet sounds like a sigh. When you say the name, "Sarah" it feels similar to exhaling or sighing... "Sar---ahhh." A sigh indicates a feeling of relief and rest. God's dreams for our lives are birthed out of rest vs. self effort and striving. When we work God rests, but when we rest God works. That's Grace.
 
Think of how Sarah must've felt? At 99 years old, she was physically incapable of conceiving a son. Yet, God promised her she would bear a child in old age. However, in her impatience to wait on God to fulfill His promise, she schemed to have a son through her handmaid Hagar. Yet, her attempts to do things her way failed miserably, ultimately resulting in her son Ishmael being exiled into the desert. At 99 years of age, it looked like the dream was over and everything in her life was centering on dying. But that's when the promise was just about to begin.

A God dream may lie dormant for a season, but it never truly dies because it was birthed in eternity. The question to ask yourself is... Do you want the Ishmael you’ve made or the Isaac God is birthing? We need Grace (what only God can do) for our dreams. A God dream requires a miracle to come to pass. If it doesn't take a miracle to fulfill your dream, then God probably never gave it to you in the first place. Miracles begin at impossible. When you can't do it, God CAN! It's never too late! Stop striving and let God's GRACE breathe life and resurrect the dream.

"Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery? says the LORD." (Isaiah 66:9 NASB)