She was led away from her comfortable zone: a secured wealthy home with all the amenities in a well developed city, with her own relatives around her, living a proper married life with respect and honor, and led into the unknown and spent her whole life traveling and living in tents.
She was subject to betrayal, dishonor and shame twice by her beloved husband.
She was also subject to betrayal and shame and dishonor by her own husband, her foreign maid and the maid’s son born of his seed. (Although in a fit of desperateness she initiated the suggestion of him having a son from the maid, her husband went along happily and even treated them above her until she first came to her senses and remembered God’s promise of an heir was through her and not through the maid!)
She was a stunning beauty whose looks never faded with age. She was entitles to live like a princess, and yet she had to obey and follow a ‘selfish’ man who not only took her away from everything that mattered to her but also treated her like a mere piece of furniture, or a sheep or a cow.
She was barren until she was way beyond any hope of bearing a child of her own.
Yes, the woman existed. Her name was Sarah. In all these pains and torments how did she live? She was not alone. God was with her.
God preserved her purity twice from the alien kings (evil principalities) even when her husband betrayed her to them, just so he could save his own skin. (Genesis 12:17 But the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. Genesis 20:18 for the Lord had closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.)
God heard her silent prayers about her barrenness. God gave a promise to her that never failed. God delivered her out of her shame and pain and dishonor. (Gen.17 19 Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.)
God called her a new name: from ‘princess’ to ‘mother of nations’ (Gen.17 15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.”)
God specially commended and recorded her in the Biblical hall of people of faith: Hebrews 11:11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
God made her a role model for all women of God: Sarah’s hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, is very precious in the sight of God. Without a word, she had won by her conduct in the sight of God!
1 Peter 3:1-6 Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.
God honored her word and override that of Abraham. Genesis 21:12 But God said to Abraham, “Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.