“Then God remembered…” is a recurring phrase in Genesis. I stopped at this one in particular: “Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and opened her womb” (Genesis 30:22).
Rachel is an interesting character. “When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister [Leah]. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!” Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?” (30:1-2).
Being human, Rachel tried to make things happen herself. She turned to superstition by believing that a specific plant could help her get pregnant, but it didn’t (see Genesis 30:14-21). The good news is that Rachel eventually conceived but only because God made it happen (v. 22).
And that’s what the phrase, “God remembered” means. God doesn’t forget, but to remember means that in His perfect timing and infinite wisdom, He begins to act on our behalf. He is the giver of every good gift (James 1:17), but we can’t force His hand. Rachel is an example of what it means to struggle when we try to make things happen ourselves, rather than trust God. But we can learn to rest while we wait on Him to act.