The Lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did to Sarah as he had promised. And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” Genesis 21:1-7
Sometimes, I feel like Sarah. There are moments where I feel that if I was around in Biblical times I’d be the girl in the Bible who was frustrated because she really thought things were lining up perfectly, but then they just stopped. So, I’m trying to learn that just because something’s supposed to happen, it doesn’t mean that it has to happen right now. Good things take time. The best things, even longer. And though we don’t always see the reasoning, maybe it’s just so we lean in a little harder and in the end we marvel because we know it only could’ve been Him. That’s the place Sarah ended up. It wasn’t a joyride getting there, she struggled. But I think in the end the gift was sweeter because of it.
“You have as much laughter as you have faith.” Martin Luther
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25
And so you see, the joy-laughter that takes place once the explosion of God-ordained circumstances lines up perfectly, the way you had always hoped and prayed and begged it would, it can happen as you wait in anticipation of all that is to come. The Proverbs 31 woman laughs because the supernatural hand of God is in her circumstances even when she can’t see it. She laughs without fear to make the enemy flee. A dear friend told me, “The enemy would love nothing more than for you to become angry and frustrated in the waiting, because nothing good comes out of anger and frustration.” Our worrying over tomorrow strips us of our ability to do well today.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalms 27:14
There is strength found in waiting. There is this communing with God as we diligently seek Him and trust Him that simply cannot happen when we are not in eager anticipation of Him and all that He has for us. And maybe that’s where we slip up sometimes – seeking Him more in regards to all that He has for us as opposed to seeking Him just for Him.
There is a healthy balance – this craving to see the supernatural happen through us and making space for the supernatural to happen within us. We must make space first. And thus the waiting. The making room. The preparing of our hearts to make ready for all that is to come in our lives.
That’s why she laughs confidently without fear of the future. Because today she’s finding the strength she’ll need so that she can laugh joyfully tomorrow at all the miraculous things that took place as a result of her heart getting ready.