Sarai was thrown aback the moment Abram said those heart rending words to her, they shook her heart like the pins she had used to perform acupuncture each time she had indigestion from much thoughts.
She had just scattered new grains on her garden as well as her little farmland just behind her house, Hagar tended the other farmlands with the servants too, she always preferred to tend these grains herself, they were like babies to her, tender shooting plants, their leaves glowed with so much pride each evening as the sun goes down.
Each morning she watered them with her metal watering can filled to the brim, few drops and sprays was all they needed: two times a day to keep them alive almost like the frequency of the sacrifices her husband burned on the altars, a bamboo over the other, woods arranged in sequential order and a fire lit to consume the fat offerings. She always looked through her windows from her low stool as the thick smoke entered and disappeared completely into the clouds, if only the “God” she had heard of several times from Abram would make her a complete woman.
“Those leaves are as fragile as my unsuckled breast each time I ovulate” she tells Hagar
The tenderness of their touch and the warm feeling underneath her bosom
Her nipples still stood erect, while many prayed for their breast to return to the time when they were maidens, she asked for a child to sag them that she might flap them like other women; they were not made for her husband’s pleasure alone.
“You must apply caution, don’t nip them at the buds”
“Don’t touch their leaves ruthlessly with unwashed dirty hands from the bigger farmland you will only end up contaminating their innocence” she nagged Hagar stealthily watching her with caution.
“I don’t trust you with my life neither would I with my tender grains” she muttered to her herself.
Her distrust over Hagar was a known fact, she did not hide nor conceal it from Abram or anyone that cared to listen. She would sound it as loud as the early morning bell that woke the household for the sacrifices and chores.
Mornings in Abrams house were always a bustle. Several feet shuffles. Cold clasped hands in water for the preparation of huge batch of dough for the leavened bread and tapioca for the guests.
One of the largest hectares of land contained the different homesteads that housed the entire household. Abram occupied the main quarters besides the madams quarters
Shouts and orders from the head servant never stops short
You tend the calf
Other servant water the farmland
Here was more than enough hands for all the chores
Abrams house was always full of guest and august visitors. One would not expect less from an influential entrepreneur and philanthropist afterall
Her heart raced a few yards, mother, father and Milcah
How was she to cope without them?
They had been her biggest encouragement, Milcah would always tell her exciting stories about the faith and promises of the God they served
“You will wean a child soon Sarai, your womb shall carry one soon”
She could not wait to experience the painful contractions other women boasted and complained about so much her ears were almost bleeding
She remembered the first time she had gone to help bathe and clean Milcah after she put to bed, she told her how painful she had pushed and panged for her child to come forth
“When would I scream under the delivering and waiting hands of a midwife?”
Oh the joy she would feel when her child would be presented before her tired and sweaty face, fair and beautiful but strong and resilient like his father , she failed not to dream, the only rope she had to hang on to
“When would my umbilical cord be connected to another human being like myself?”
“To share room, oxygen, warmth and comfort with the tiny foetus the lord shall bless me with would be my greatest joy” she told Milcah that day
“How long do I need to wait for my placenta to be cut and blood cleaned out from my delivery table”
Each time Milcah or mother told her stories of how their vagina had expanded because of child birth, she wept the more
“Worry not princess, you shall soon be called a mother of all”
“When mother?, when shall I?”
“When my breasts are old and wrinkly?”
“When my womb becomes too weak to hold a child?”
“Worse, when am too old to enjoy the conceiving of this child?”
“Oh mother” she cried
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Setting the Scene
After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward, And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, this shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, so shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. And when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away. And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
Now, Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her.
And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee. But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.
And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.
Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? And shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his seed after him.
And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.
And they said unto him, where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, after I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.