Perhaps it has something to do with no matter how old they were, their faith would be further tested. Abraham and Sarah are initially compelling… because they are crusty. But within God’s nature is a continual calling, that didn't take age to account. It simply didn't matter how old they were. They were to “walk before me faithfully and be blameless.”
In consideration of this Biblical couple, what makes one sit up and take notice is how they managed this, despite what they had desperately wanted for a long time, and increasingly knew to be impossible – that is, having a child. And then beyond that, to hope such a legacy would provide lots of descendants to come, would have been defined and dismissed as crazy thinking.
Never could they imagine that God would help them realize their hope, beyond their wildest dreams. From their son, nations would be formed.
Desperately, repeatedly, hopefully seeking
year after year,
looking but not finding, grappling
with increasing questions and fear,
even beyond being blameless in worship,
with our call to faithfully dare,
do we not still wonder, ponder,
question, ask, challenge,
who, what, why, when, and where?
I must confess…
through the most improbable, often smallest of seeds,
God remembers, answering hopes, desires, and needs,
where we learn from the problems of awe, anticipation,
that from one, comes a savior, a legacy, a nation.
Rev. Richard Wagner