Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” 7 And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have given birth to a son in his old age.” – Genesis 21:6-7
Have you ever laughed to yourself, or even out loud, at the thought of something that seemed completely and absolutely impossible?
I’ve been reading through the book of Genesis. As I came across this verse (above), I noticed how it relates to another passage that I had read a few days prior.
9 Then they said to him, “Where is your wife Sarah?” And he said, “There, in the tent.” 10 He said, “I will certainly return to you at this time next year; and behold, your wife Sarah will have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have become old, am I to have pleasure, my lord being old also?” – Genesis 18:9-12
Sarah’s laughter is what stood out to me.
The first time we see Sarah laughing in Genesis 18, she is laughing to herself. This laughter bubbled up from a place of doubt. She was laughing at the idea of bearing a child in her old age.
I mean, she was in her 90’s. I probably would have laughed too.
However, this is a vast contrast to her laughter described later in Genesis 21. Her laughter of doubt was transformed into laughter of joy.
From silent and private, to joyful and boisterous.
God fulfilled His promise! In His time and in His way.
This story of Sarah is a great reminder that nothing is impossible for God. He keeps His promises to us. He can transform our doubts and fears into faith and joy in His presence.
Thank you, Lord, that nothing is impossible for you. I know that, like Sarah, I have moments where I doubt your promises. Thank you for the story of Sarah. She shows me that I’m not alone in my doubts. You even name her among the faithful saints in Hebrews 11. Help me to stand firmly on your promises and transform my doubts to faith and joy in you.