The next chapter in their romance starts like this:
Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless.
The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.
The babies jostled each other within her,
and she said, “Why is this happening to me?”
So she went to inquire of the Lord.
Three great things happen in these two verses:
- Isaac prays on behalf of his wife.
- The Lord answers Isaac’s prayer.
- Rebekah takes her question to the Lord.
But I am struck by Rebekah’s question: “Why is this happening to me?”
When I went into preterm labor with Jonathon three months before his due date, I was in excruciating pain for hours. My stomach rebelled against breakfast, my back spasmed, my shoulders were in knots.
My only question was, “Is my baby okay?”
Maybe I’m being too harsh. I wasn’t there; I don’t know what Rebekah was experiencing that made her ask, “Why is this happening to me?”
Maybe she feared that she was miscarrying and was already imagining the stigma of being a barren woman. She knew, when she said, “I will go,” that her journey was not just to becoming a wife but also a mother.
Maybe she was simply startled that such unusual activity was happening. I well remember the night I watched Annemarie move from breech to head-down position early in her eighth month. At one point, she was all the way over to the left side of my belly. I watched in wonder at what she was doing…and, yes, at what was happening to me.
“Why is this happening to me?”
I wrestle with Rebekah’s question because it sounds so self-centered.
I wrestle with Rebekah’s question because I ask it every single day.
I wrestle with Rebekah’s question because I so easily forget to do what she did: Take it to the Lord. (Click to Tweet this.)
Try This Today:
As you’re building your “God Will Provide” family time line, recall times that you asked, “Why is this happening to me?” Add them to the time-line or start a list. How often does the answer to “Why?” show up later on down your time-line?
What’s something that causes you to ask, “Why is this happening to me?”