Week 8: Confessions of a Waiting Comedian

Sarah (Genesis 18: 1-15)

Lord,

It’s me again! The funny lady! Oh, I know I live to make light of everything and joke around, but I use that to cover up the pain of waiting. Keep everyone laughing, keep smiling, keep joking around, and no one will feel sorry for me.

Abraham has a sense of humor too. When we were told that I would have a baby, he literally fell on his face and laughed hysterically. I haven’t seen him do that in quite a while! I even laughed to myself.

But all this humor can get me into trouble. When you hide a secret for so long, lying becomes kind of second nature. So, when they asked me if I laughed, I lied. I admit it. I know I should have known better. I have a hard time believing that I could get pregnant now. You know what you need to do to get pregnant? Need I go on?!? I’m no spring chicken honey, and Abraham’s no rooster! Ho-ho! Seems like a cruel joke, even for the Queen of Jokes!

Lord, I am trying to keep my spirits up, but I have lost hope and faith that anything would happen in all the waiting and as seasons have gone by. Oh, I’m waiting alright, waiting to die! We were picking out tombstones last week, and now you want me to pick out baby blankets???? (Chuckle!) Oh, that is just too much! Ha-ha!

The (still) Waiting Comedian

My Daughter Sarah,

You know why I called you Sarah, right? Sarah means princess. I love your humor, I love the way your laughter sounds like bells pealing and everyone can’t help laugh when you laugh! But you have lived with unhappiness in your life.

Everyone deals with sorrows differently. I want you to bring your hurts and questions to me. You don’t have to carry those alone. You don’t have to be the loudest in the room to be liked. There is always room for you, and you are wanted whether you are happy or sad, funny or serious, silly or thoughtful. There is a time for everything: I gave you all of your emotions to feel through things.

You must have been so confused when Abraham said that you would have descendants as numerous as the stars. He’s right. I said that, and when I make a promise, I never break that promise.

I have made a covenant with Abraham that includes you too. That convent is a promise to be your God that I will keep up my end of the deal, no matter if you break yours or not. So even when you lie or doubt, I still love you, and I will still keep my promise to you. I will never leave you or forsake you.

Keep your eyes fixed on me, and I will give you those deep desires of your heart.

Your Heavenly Father

(1 Peter 5:7, Ecclesiastes 3:1, Leviticus 26:42, Deuteronomy 10:22, Psalms 141:8,

Corinthians 4:18)

1) What is something you are waiting for right now?

2) How can we use humor and good nature even in challenging circumstances?

The ending of Sarah’s story is found in Genesis 21:1-7

Genesis 21:1-7 (NIV)

The Birth of Isaac

Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

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.”