Laughter to Praise


God said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh saying, ‘Me? Have a baby? An old woman like me?’ Is anything too hard for God? I’ll be back about this time next year and Sarah will have a baby.” Genesis 18:13-14 MSG


Her hands are chalky from kneading dough for the three visitors who have shown up. Abraham had given quick directions to feed and welcome them. They were strangers, she had no qualms with standing just outside their eyeline as her husband spoke with them. Little did she know, she would become part of their conversation. As she leans in at the mention of her name, she laughs in disbelief, then when confronted, quickly denies she’s scoffed at the outrageous notion a woman her age could bear a son. Yet this strange encounter proves true as “At exactly the time God said it would happen, Sarah became pregnant and gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age.” Genesis 21:2 ERV. 
Sarah had no idea as she stood eavesdropping she would have an integral role in the fulfillment of a covenant The Lord made decades ago with Abraham. We too might laugh in shock at His plans for us, but make no mistake, His plans will be accomplished for His glory. Is anything too hard for our God? Let us “look to the future with confidence.” Proverbs 31:25 ERV. May our incredulous laughter be refined into shouts of joy!


Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us lots of stories of how You’ve turned incredible, impossible ideas into reality so You get the glory. Use me in the story of Your glory. In Your name I pray, Amen.

Your Turn:

What impossible things has He done in your life?

Ask a friend what impossible things He’s done in their life. Rejoice at His faithfulness together.  

Alli Miller

Alli is a native Texan but calls Louisiana home. During the week she teaches English and video chats with her nephew. On the weekends you'll find her lacing up her tennis shoes for a run, her nose in a book learning more about her Redeemer and Friend, and writing Sunday lessons for the younger hearts at Living Hope Fellowship. Her heart is for encouraging others to taste and see that God is breathtakingly good to and through them.