Genesis 21:6-7 NIV 2011
Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
At ninety-nine, the Lord appeared to Abram. Genesis 17:1b-2, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” Abraham replied in Genesis 17:17, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” Sarah laughed when a man told Abraham they would have a child in Genesis 18:12. She laughed with the Lord when she held her son, Isaac. The Hebrew name Isaac means “he will laugh, he will rejoice.” Laughter with God provides perspective in less-than-perfect situations.
Laughter was a way of life in our family. My dad was a practical joker and some of us took cues from him. It was then easy to laugh at myself helping me not to take myself too seriously. Gatwick airport in London holds a sweet spot in my heart. After an overnight flight my nieces, a tish sleep deprived, had a bit of a spat over nothing. All we could do was laugh after one said, “You take Aunt Sally’s bag!” Laughter brought God’s clarification.
How could laughter change our daily perspective?