[Jesus] went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him (Mark 39-40).
It was over. Finished. She had given up the ghost. Crossed over Jordan. The fat lady—or in this case, the professional mourners—had sung. Roll the credits!
We have all been there.
It might not have been the death of a loved one. Perhaps it was a marriage, a job, a friendship, a pastorate, or a dream. It was over, finished, the end. And to think otherwise was simply laughable.
In those relationships and situations that seem beyond hope, God enjoys having the last laugh.
When a barren couple has given up hope of ever having a child (Sarah actually laughed when she heard she was going to have a baby). When the Egyptians have the Israelites pinned against a rock and a Red Sea. When Daniel is thrown to the lions. When three Hebrew men are thrown into a fiery furnace. When the widow had used up her last ounce of flour and last drop of oil. When God himself is nailed to a cross and then buried in a tomb. When it seems over and finished! When your closest friends laugh at your faith in God, take those desperate—and seemingly hopeless—situations to Him.
He and you will have the last laugh.
Copyright © James N. Watkins