Genesis 18:12: “So Sarah Laughed…”
An interesting three word phrase we find in the Bible here. “So Sarah laughed…” It kind of got her in trouble. Context would help: 3 men appeared to her husband Abraham. We presume by the circumstances of their visit as well as their message that they are angels of God. The came to Abraham and Sarah with a message: “Abraham, you and Sarah are going to have a baby boy.” Abraham and Sarah were getting up there, well beyond the time most people have kids. So, Sarah laughed.
Sarah did not believe it was possible for her to be a mother. She had been barren her whole life, and given up on the idea of having children. At one point, Sarah even told her husband, “I’m getting too old to have kids, try having kids with my maidservant.” So, he did, and the maidservants bore children for Abraham.
As most young women, she wanted so desperately to be a mother, but she gave up on her dream. Not only did she give up on her dream, but she let the pendulum swing the other way and refused to believe that it could happen. She forgot, or perhaps did not realize that she served the God of the impossible.
We know it, we sing it, and we believe it, but so often we find ourselves in Sarah’s place, laughing at the news that we had hoped for, for so long. In fact, I recently heard someone say something that I nearly laughed at.
What have you been waiting and praying for? If God comes and delivers you the news you’ve been waiting and praying for, are you ready to hear it, or laugh? I hope you are ready to hear it.