Imagine my impatience and irritability with Abraham this morning as I read that he had once again caused an international scuffle by presenting Sarah to a king as his sister and not his wife. Will he ever learn? Must he keep committing the same ridiculous errors?
His repetitive mistakes remind me of the University of Arizona kicker, Alex Zendejas, who disappointed U of A fans week after week with wide kicks that clearly missed the narrow margins of the field goal. Or the goofy teenager Sue on my favorite (read only) TV sitcom “The Middle” and her weekly wearing of her Cross Country hoodie. Or my dog’s incessant whining every morning as I let him out of his crate and into the back yard. Won’t they ever learn?
Of course, it also reminds me of my own tendency to leave the vanilla out of every cake I bake, my daily habit of bumping into my bed’s foot board, and my…um…much more serious repetitive sins that I won’t give you the details on.
Truth is, we all have a way of repeating our errors while others shake their heads at us and wonder why.
But here’s the part of today’s story in Genesis 20:1-18 that jumped out at me today.
I discovered why Abraham repeated his error. You’ll find it too in Genesis 20:11: