The Laughing Yes


My two-year old granddaughter, Isla, knows how to say “No” in a nice, but confident way.  If she really wants to get her negative message across she repeats it three times:  “No, no, no!”  Her “No” is always spoken boldly in a clear, pleasant tone.  She has her “No” down, but has yet to speak “Yes.”  However, she has a wonderfully endearing way of getting her positive “yes” across – she simply giggles!  When I ask if she wants a snack she giggles.  When I ask if she wants to watch Melmo (Islanese for Elmo) she giggles with delight.  Her giggle is in anticipation of what her yes will bring! Reflecting on Isla’s unique communication style brought to my mind a time in the Bible when an older woman laughed. Her laugh, however, was not the laughter of anticipation, but the laughter of unbelief. 

One of them said, “I’m coming back about this time next year. When I arrive, your wife Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was listening at the tent opening, just behind the man.

 Abraham and Sarah were old by this time, very old. Sarah was far past the age for having babies. Sarah laughed within herself, “An old woman like me? Get pregnant? With this old man of a husband?”

 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.”

 Sarah lied. She said, “I didn’t laugh,” because she was afraid.

 But he said, “Yes you did; you laughed.”   Genesis 18:10-15 (The Message)

God came through on His promise to Abraham and Sarah just as He does with us.  In fact, Paul tells us that all God’s promises are “Yes!” in Christ and that we should simply say “Amen” or so be it.  (2 Corinthians 1:20) No matter how big God’s promise or dream He has placed in our heart, it is not too hard for God to bring it to pass.  So instead of laughing at the possibility of your promise or dream ever being fulfilled, laugh in anticipation of all the possibilities His “Yes!” will bring.  

Yes and Amen!