What’s So Funny?

Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.”

Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”

But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”

Genesis 18:13-15

FAIR WARNING: a bit scripture heavy this week.

But then again, so is the Bible, so…

In this account of Abraham and Sarah, God chose to do the impossible through their aged and weary bodies and allowed them to conceive a child. This was the fulfillment of the promise He’d already made to Abraham that an heir would come from his body and his descendants would be as numerous as the stars (Genesis 15:4-5).

Most significant among them was Jesus. 🙂

But God knew Sarah’s private thoughts. Being omniscient, God knows mine, even to the very depths of my soul. Yet how often are my own snickers wrought with disbelief because I’ve determined a matter is impossible?

“Yeah, like God will do that?” 

Sarah’s laughter, even in silence, challenges me to be mighty careful what I laugh about.

Because laughter isn’t always appropriate.

Walking down the aisle during my First Communion ceremony years ago comes to mind. That miserable nervousness because the fear that  ‘everyone’s looking at me’ rose unbidden and spit out in an awkward giggle during a moment meant for silent reverence.

(Heart-felt apologies, Mom and Pop.)

Laughing when someone’s experienced a tragedy?

Uh uh.

There is…a time to mourn and a time to laugh. Ecclesiastes 3:1a, 4a

Laughing when God states with holy, matter-of-factness, “Sarah will have a son.”?

Pfft! Impossible!

Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Well, no.

Then, what’s so funny?

When God gives assurance of something, a promise inked in my Bible and etched in my heart, it’s no laughing matter.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he (she) will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm 23:6 

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord'”and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

We have this hope (Jesus, our high priest forever) as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrew 6:19

You, too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Revelation 22:20b

Laughter is one of God’s gracious gifts, but where it links up with His promises, it needs to be void of disbelief.

I, for one, don’t want to hear God’s thunderous, heavenly voice ask, “What’s so funny?” 

Wherever you are, I pray the promises of God will bring you plenty of joyous and therapeutic laughter.

A cheerful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22

Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Psalm 126:2a


  1. Margaret Eomurian says:

    That is a scary thought that God would call down from heaven asking me “What’s so funny?” A smile goes better with a solid belief in a promise than a sarcastic laugh of unbelief in His ability to follow through with His promises.
    BTW, I love your first communion picture. You look like a little angel- except for the black shoes! 🙂

    • Mary Felkins says:

      It IS scary to think of His questioning my reason for laughing — particularly when I shouldn’t be. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

      And BTW: there’s another pic of me in this angelic get up, standing in the entry way with Mark peeking through the stair rail. Photo bomb brother.

  2. Wilburn F Albers says:

    What a precious photo. Your beauty has stood the test of time. Much love, Dad

  3. Great post Mary!
    Thanks for sharing
    Good luck and God’s blessings

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