The chatter, laughter and high-pitched giggles are what comes to my mind when I think of a gathering of women. I bet the women in the Bible were exactly that.
Take Sarah for instance, the birthing of promise brought about laughter, so much that Abraham named his son laughter. Genesis 21:6 Sarah said, “God has made me laugh; all who hear [about our good news] will laugh with me.” vs.3 Abraham named his son Isaac (laughter), the son to whom Sarah gave birth.
Then there is Hannah, Samuel’s mother whose prayer goes like this: 1Samuel 2:1 Then Hannah prayed. She said, “The Lord has filled my heart with joy. He has made me strong. I can laugh at my enemies. I’m so glad he saved me.
I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that God caused all these women to laugh. It is a specific gift given to women, that they will laugh when faced with adversity because they know their God will deliver them. God hears their brokenness, the daily constant struggles and He promises to be their strength and joy.
He took my attention to this portion in the Bible that made me realize something; In Jeremiah 9:17 – Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider and call for the mourning women to come; Send for the wailing women to come.” As I meditated on it, it made sense to me that it was a punishment for the people who followed the stubbornness of their hearts and idol worship. This was their curse. The weeping!
Where as Isaiah 51:3 says.. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
You might not laugh every single day of your life, but He promises this Psalm 30:5 …Weeping may endure for a night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning. God wants to give you the oil of joy instead of mourning (Isaiah 61:3).
This is your future...”She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come” (Proverbs 31:25).
The testimony of all the women of who touched the heart of God, always resulted with the same expression. Laughter!