A Time to Laugh

Jesus said, “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.”
Luke 6:21

At first, they didn’t know if it was his problem or hers. Month after month of hope dissolved into years of disappointment until the passage of time sealed their fate. The couple would never have children of their own.

Not, at least, without a miracle.

Every day Abram and Sarai awakened to the same barren existence as the one they walked through the previous day, their dreams as dead as Sarai’s womb.

Worse still, God kept promising Sarai a child of her own. The promise even came with new names for them: Abraham, meaning “father of a multitude,” and Sarah, meaning “princess.”

The idea of Sarah getting pregnant was so ludicrous, they both laughed in disbelief. After all, Abraham was ninety-nine and Sarah was ninety.

God had the last laugh, though. One year later, a baby son was born to Sarah. As God had commanded, they named their little miracle Isaac, which means “he laughs.”

How amazing is that? God saw their sorrow. He identified with their loss. He grieved over their tears.

But He didn’t leave them in the grave of their dreams. He gave them the supernatural gift of a new life and renewed hope. He must have rejoiced with them over their victory when it came.

God loves laughter. Just look at His world. Romans 1:20 states that God’s nature and eternal attributes can be clearly seen through what has been made. Earth abounds with vignettes of

His diversity and complex personality, including a few creatures that display a delicious sense of humor.

It’s easy to look at a lion and see God’s majesty or watch a wolf and understand His cunning. But who would have imagined the all-knowing, all-powerful, all-seeing Lord of the Universe had such a twinkle in His eye? Who else could have painted the stripes on a zebra, drawn the teddy-bear eyes on a panda, and given the skunk its eye-watering stench? He created our ability to laugh and taught us laughter is healthy long before modern science made that discovery.

A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

We now know blood cells and immunity are produced in the bone marrow. The image of dried bones is more than a metaphor; it literally denotes the unhealthiness produced by sorrow.

The book of Ecclesiastes assures us that as surely as there is a time to weep, there is a time to laugh. The challenge is to remain patient until the “appointed time” (Genesis 21:2). Abraham and

Sarah waited many years to revel in the wonder of seeing their deepest heart’s desire fulfilled. Long years of tears preceded the day their mouths were filled with laughter.

You may feel that your life is barren. Worse yet, it may be long past time to hope for change.

Not, at least, without a miracle.

God sees your tears, and He knows how long you have shed them. He knows your heartaches and deepest desires. He longs to hear your laughter—your mourning turned to joy.

He is still in the miracle-working business. Be patient. Your time to laugh will come.

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by Pam Thorson

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Pam was born at the Millington Naval Base outside of Memphis, Tennessee, the first child of a Wisconsin navy seaman and a Southern belle. Her early life was marked by many moves around the country as her father pursued a career in broadcasting. After traveling throughout the deep South and the Pacific Northwest, the family finally settled on the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) reservation in Idaho. Pam met her wonderful husband during college, set her roots down deep along the banks of the Clearwater River, and happily began a home and family. Pam and Aaron educated all five of their children at home. They began homeschooling in 1982 and graduated their youngest daughter in 2006. Pam and Aaron have been married forty-one years. They have five grown children, two sets of precious in-laws, and two beautiful granddaughters. Pam has long loved to write. She began writing for the local college newspaper and homeschooling group. Later she authored many devotionals for her church and an article for Evangel. In 2008 she wrote Song in the Night, the true account of her son’s injury in Canada, their fight to keep the doctors from pulling the plug, and the subsequent journey back home. Her second book is due for release by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in early 2014. In 2000, Pam became certified as a nurses’ aide to care for their injured son. She and her family have operated a certified family home licensed by the state of Idaho since 2000. In 2011, she completed the practical nurse program at Walla Walla Community College and earned her license as an LPN. Her conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1975 set her on a journey with her Savior spanning nearly four decades. Her love for and devotion to life has come from this association with her Creator. Pam adores her husband, her family, and friends. She enjoys her beautiful little log home, good coffee, the sound of the river at night, and just about any kind of Christian music.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions (www.christiandevotions.us) and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.

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