When I sat to write this story for you I was surprised to find myself with writers block. Figuring out how to start this post wasn’t near as easy as I thought it would be. I mean, what could be so hard about writing the story behind our baby girl’s name? They aren’t new names, or anything with a crazy spelling or exotic sound, just three headings that make out a name; Sarah Elizabeth Ringl.
The original story behind the name Sarah is amazing. The book of Genesis is full of history, and that includes the first time the name was used. The name is found in Genesis 17-18 of the Bible. Two amazing things happened here that have made the name Sarah so memorable to me. Sarai (later named Sarah) was Abrahams wife, and she was unable to have children. To make a wonderful story short, God spoke to Abraham and his wife, and changed their lives forever with two statements.
First, God told Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah.” This is where the name Sarah came into existence. It was spoken to Abraham from God himself. I love the image of God speaking and telling Abraham that first: this is your wife’s new name, which I am giving her because, second: I am going to give you a child. I can’t imagine the surprise that came from hearing God speak such a promise. God kept that promise, and a year later Sarah was pregnant and had their child. I know it may seem like a coincidence, but it just so happens that it was a year after our first pregnancy that we became pregnant with our daughter. God blessed us with this gift when we weren’t trying, forming this child in His timing and not ours. I think that is what makes the name Sarah so special to me. Every time I speak to, or call, our daughter I will be reminded of the gift He gave us with our daughter.
Our little girls middle name, Elizabeth, also has a great legacy to it. My younger sister, and grandma, both have the middle name Elizabeth. I have always loved the name and it holds a special place in my heart because of the women it is shared with. It also just so happens that the name Elizabeth is one I’ve read about since I was a young girl. The story of Elizabeth is found in the book of Luke. Recently I re-read this story and it was confirmation that Elizabeth would be our daughters middle name. Elizabeth was John the Baptist’s mother, and Mary’s (Jesus’s mother) cousin. I read the history about how Elizabeth and her husband hadn’t been able to have a child. That is, until an angel came down and told them they would have a son. I found a beautiful synopsis of her story here if you are curious. Elizabeth loved the Lord and lived her life as a testimony of Christ’s love, something I aspire to do and pray Sarah will too.
When faced with adversity and heartache both these women stayed true to their faith and their first love, the Lord. That is what I pray for our daughter. I pray she will be strong and courageous in her relationship with the Lord, always seeking Him first in all situations. Like Sarah and Elizabeth, no woman ever thinks that she won’t be able to have a child when she wants to, but things don’t always go the way we plan. If Stephen and I hadn’t lost our first two pregnancies we wouldn’t be having our precious baby girl. I haven’t even met her yet and I can’t imagine our life without her. Every time I say or see our daughter’s name I’ll remember that she is our miracle.
To end I’ll share one other interesting bit of information about Sarah’s name. I really liked the idea of our daughters name matching her dad’s initials: S – E – R, and it just so happens that it worked out perfectly!