Sunday, March 22, 2009

Laugh with me

Today I've been contemplating laughter. I can't get out of my mind a conversation I had with a friend about laughter so I decided to look up Sarah and Abraham and their story of laughter....

It goes something like this:

In Genesis 17 God tells Abraham that he will become the father of many nations and that God will bless Sarah with a son.

Abraham's response? Verse 17 says, "Abraham fell facedown; 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?"

In verse 18 Sarah overhears the Lord telling Abraham that when he returns next year Sarah will have given birth to a son. Her response? Verse 12 says, "Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?"

God's response? After God asks why Sarah laughed, he says, "Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son."

These examples of laughter are one's of disbelief. They laughed as if mocking the Lord when they heard what He was promising them. Then Sarah lies and even denies laughing.

I love when God says, "Is anything too hard for the Lord?"

After Isaac was born to Abraham and Sarah, Sarah's response in Chapter 21 verse 6 is: "God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me." This chapter shows us that their laughter was out of joyfulness and gratitude over God's blessing in their life.

During my season of infertility my friend told me that whenever she prayed for me she would end her prayer with laughter. She said she just couldn't help but laugh when she thought of Ryan and I and lifted our desire to be parents before the Lord.

Some might think that is a cruel thing to tell someone experiencing infertility, but I knew she was a woman walking with the Lord. She is someone who intercedes on others behalf. She was in tune to what the Holy Spirit was impressing on her heart.

If she laughed then I knew she had good reason to laugh.

And guess what?

Today I can confidently say what Sarah spoke in verse 6, "God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me."

Are you laughing with me at how mind-boggling our God is? At how He works incredible miracles? At how His plans always come to fruition?

Let's laugh together because N O T H I N G is too hard for the Lord!


This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

I also read that Isaac comes from the Hebrew word for laughter, so they even named their son, the gift from the Lord, after their reaction to the news :)

Stacey said...

I have always loved this account of Abraham and Sarah, even before I was affected by infertility. I can appreciate Sarah's honest reaction to what seemed to her like an impossibility!

Btw, my great-grandfather (who was an only child) was named Isaac, and so is my brother (my mom had him later in life). My brother's middle name is Samuel. Great name! :)

Sew said...

How can you not laugh! Seriously, Do you wake up laughing? Walk around the grocery store laughing? Shake your head laughing?

I pray my story has the same "laughing" ending. ;)