Between the laughs

'The Lord said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh...?"' Genesis 18:13 NIV

In Genesis 18:13-14, we see God tell Abraham that his very old wife Sarah is going to have a baby. Not surprisingly, Sarah did what any 90-something-year-old would do if told 'You're going to have a baby': she laughed! But, just as God said, the following year she did have a baby. After many years of dealing with the heartache that she couldn't have kids, when she had her son she called him 'Isaac' which means, 'God has brought me laughter' (Genesis 21:6 NIV).

There are two things to learn from this. One is that God can do anything he wants. But the second goes a little deeper. Between the first and second laughs Sarah went through an extremely difficult time. Her husband Abraham betrayed her to save his own skin and, in the process, a random king nearly ended up marrying her.

Like Sarah, while you're waiting for your breakthrough you'll celebrate good and bad times. Some days you'll feel like you can't go a step further, but keep going and you'll learn to trust God implicitly.

So what now? When you share your story with other people don't just tell how you started or where you are today - include some of what God brought you through. The way God brings you through tough times gives him as much glory as the good times. Keep it real - people will be able to identify with you better, and it will inspire hope for their own story.

Soulfood: Num 3:1-4:33 Mt 10:21-31 Ps 104:1-23 Pro 3:9-10,

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