The word "yes" isn't recorded in the Bible* until 17 chapters in.
It comes as an acknowledgement of facts... deal stopping human facts... and then God comes through with His awesome BUTf...
Abraham fell face down; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”
Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” (Genesis 17:17-21)
Not only did God acknowledge that it seemed (understatement much?) hard, if not impossible, but He honoured Abraham's request, while explaining the exceptionally HUGE things God would accomplish through these two boys.
I also noticed verse 21, which is why I left it in there...
But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.”Hello.
He began his sentence with Yes.
Then gave it a time frame.
And so, I ask (without laughing)
"Can a happy family really come from the train wreck of the last two years? Can I resurrect the fragments of our family? Oh Lord, that you would make my family an upstanding one."
What will be birthed in me, from me, by this time next year, simply because I say "yes"?
*New International Version, and most others, except The Message