“Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.”
Sometimes when I read a passage of scripture, I mean really read and not gloss over it because I think I know the story inside out, I will make a profound life changing discovery. At least for me, at my specific time and place in my journey, it is profound. This happened to me this week as I was reading the story in Genesis where Abraham and Sarah are about to embark on their journey to Egypt.
Beforehand Abraham worries that harm will come to him because his wife Sarah is beautiful. Of course, things turn out as Abraham thought, Pharaoh thinks Sarah is beautiful, makes her one of her wives, anger the Creator in the process and ending with Abraham and Sarah moving on from Egypt.
This week, I was struck by the ways that Abraham thinks of his Sarah and the way that God thinks of her. For Abraham, she is a piece of property. He puts himself ahead of Sarah’s wellbeing and feelings. You could even make the case that he prostitutes Sarah, exchanging her for earthly goods.
Verse seventeen, shows us God’s perspective: “But Adonai inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Sarai.” God saw Sarah and valued her as his child and took action to set her free.
It was an aha moment for me. I thought that I valued the people in my life, but maybe I needed to reflect deeper on my relationships. I found myself following my wife around the house, seeing her cook our meals and clean the home that we live in. I watched how compassionately she took care of our dog who is in the process of healing from an injury. I noticed a lot the things that I knew but didn’t value as much as I should have.
I made sure to tell her I appreciate her. I have begun to open my eyes and see what is happening around me. I learned that I took a lot for granted. I try to take that extra step to let the people I encounter each day know that they are valuable. Some days are successful. Others not so much. My goal is to have more good days than not.
What are some things that you take for granted? Please answer below in the comment section.