Friday, August 3, 2007

Our laughing Sarah

Have you looked in the mirror for your aging spots yet?

I have. Its 3 kids and 30 pounds! (I suppose eating spaghetti with alfredo right now is not helping it any. Note to self--eat salad for dinner.*smile)

In our Tuesday Night, I did tell you about our Laughing Sarah:
Genesis 18
11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master [a] is old, will I now have this pleasure?"

13 Then the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Will I really have a child, now that I am old?'

I know the LORD was taken aback by this statement...I can see. But, I choose to believe two things: 1) The LORD has a sense of humor, and Sarah is funny. 2) That Sarah was musing to herself, as we all do, and the LORD, simply felt the need to call her out about it.

But, what I would like to suggest to you ladies is that we are never too "aged" to be used of God. And, in fact, our age should equal maturity and we are probably better off waiting until God's perfect timing, that to engage our own sense if timing. Remember it was our laughing Sarah who birthed Ishmael's into her life.

What also I would encourage you to see yourselves not as becoming worn out, but becoming stately--clothed with Dignity and Strength...thats what our verse says. If you feel old and worn out, go hug some abandoned babies in the hospital...or better, go visit some nursing homes. Talk about perspective.

This line of thinking brought be to Elizabeth in Luke...same situation, Elizabeth was to give birth to John the Baptist...her response was this:
23When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25"The Lord has done this for me," she said. "In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people."

Her remark on time was "In these days..." I love it. There was no regard to her "aged" self. She accepted with "dignity and strength" what the LORD was doing for her and her people. So much so that young Mary, mother to Jesus, sought her out as a place of refuge (refer back to the lesson on "keeping the light on" in our houses).

So...again, I tell you, find that spot and laugh real hard...why? Because its meaning just became less...

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