Prepare, Peace, Promise, Relationship – these are the stand out words from our first few days of Advent together.
And for today, God strings the words together while weaving in a new one; LAUGHTER.
Not expecting that were you? LAUGH. One of God’s hope for you is that you would laugh again.
In a world with so much hurt it is easy to wonder if God sees or even cares.
In today’s reading, Abraham and Sarah lived their lives in faith but Hope was fading. All Sarah wanted was a baby. As the story goes, the woman was around 90 years old when God told Abraham (her even older husband) she would have a baby. Her reaction? She laughed a snarky laugh.
Sarah LAUGHED at God.
People, can we appreciate that the author of life itself would allow the detail that one of his main characters in the beginning of humanity laughed at Him!?! Sarah and God had enough of a relationship that God called her out.
“Then the Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh and say,Will I really have a child now that I am old? Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time..” – Genesis 18:13-14
By this time, She was AFRAID and then chose tooooooo… say sorry? Nope, Sarah LIED! Look up Genesis 18:15. It cracks me up.
And God kept his promise.
Do you know what Sarah named her baby boy? Isaac. Isaac means “he will laugh, he will rejoice.”
God’s timing, His appointed time, may not line up with ours. And that stings.
I have prayed for a lot of things in my life. Recently, I prayed for something big. I still don’t have the words to do the story justice. But in the meantime, here’s a picture of laughter.
Is anything to big for God? Nope. Keep praying. Keep talking to God, asking and trusting that His time must be the right time.