But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
Psalm 13:5 (NLT)next >
I will set up my covenant with you and your descendants after you in every generation as an enduring covenant. I will be your God and your descendants’ God after you. I will give you and your descendants the land in which you are immigrants, the whole land of Canaan, as an enduring possession. And I will be their God.”
Abraham fell on his face and laughed. He said to himself, Can a 100-year-old man become a father, or Sarah, a 90-year-old woman, have a child?
Genesis 17:7-8, 17
Did you know that laughing decreases physical tension, lowers stress levels, and can even temporarily relieve pain? Studies show that laughter is a key to long-lasting relationships and can make you a better girlfriend, boyfriend, or spouse.
Laughing also makes you a better God-truster. Abraham had many options for his reaction to God’s incredible plan — to create nations from the womb of a dog-tired, geriatric Hebrew woman. But all he could do was fall on his face and laugh. It was just too good!
Sometimes journeying with God can get heavy, as if it were our job to save the world. Trusting God means believing that God is doing the kind of astounding things we could never dream of accomplishing ourselves. Just as with Abraham and Sarah, the living God is on the loose in this world and in your life making absurd and wonderful things happen every day.
How would your life change if you woke up every day prepared to laugh in delighted disbelief at the things God is doing?
Blake Tommeynext >
Unbelievable God, sometimes you do the kind of unthinkable things that make me fall on my face and laugh. Create in me the kind of faith that trusts you to live and work in the world in amazing ways. Mostly I’ll join in alongside you, but sometimes I’ll just giggle. Amen.next >
Act. Laugh. Breathe. Stand. Free. Doubt. Root. Trust.
Blake Tommey lives in Charlottesville, VA where he serves as Baptist Collegiate Minister at the University of Virginia. He and his wife Lesley-Ann have a passion for hiking, cooking, and journeying with young adults as they seek to follow Jesus and listen for God.
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