The Lord was attentive to Sarah just as he had said, and the Lord carried out just what he had promised her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son for Abraham when he was old, at the very time God had told him. Abraham named his son—the one Sarah bore him—Isaac. Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born. Sarah said, “God has given me laughter. Everyone who hears about it will laugh with me.” -Genesis 12:1-5
Laughter. When’s the last time someone told you that laughter is essential to following God’s call? Not likely you’ve heard that at all! But it is.
God promised something outlandish to Abraham. 25 years ago when Abraham was 75, God said he would have lots of offspring. But he and his wife had no children yet. Now at age 100, here comes the baby! Abraham’s wife Sarah is doubled over, not only with labor pains, but also with laughter!
So they actually name the boy “Laughter,” which is what Isaac means. Laughter is a part of the roots of our faith family heritage.
We don’t think about laughter much during Lent. We are supposed to be seriously contemplating how to grow in our relationship with God in Jesus Christ. Yet, part of our growth is to trust God in ever-bigger ways. Part of our growth is to consider that following Christ might mean we experience some laughable miracles, going places and doing things and receiving grace we never imagined.
The resurrection we await Easter morning could be thought of as God’s last laugh- love wins at last ! Isn’t that worth a belly chortle?!
I believe you could do something so radical as to make me laugh out loud at your goodness, O God. Help me to be ready to chuckle! Amen.
Ask for God’s grace to be at work in a situation you haven’t yet given to God in prayer.
Tell your children about Isaac’s name, and research what each of your children’s names mean.