For the last several months, I’ve been bogged down in so much work that I’ve lost my sense of humor. I’m not saying I’ve completely quit laughing or cutting up, but my humor quotient has definitely dropped into the “Danger! On Life Support!” category.
What does that have to do with living the Christian life, walking the walk, talking the talk? What does that have to do with life at all?
Before you say anything, I can already hear your next question. “But, but…I’m a Christian! Am I supposed to laugh?” Oh my goodness, I hope so! If we can’t be happy, who can? We’re saved, sanctified, delivered and awaiting eternity with God! Who more has the right to bubble up with laughter!?
Have you ever considered that God laughs? Do you really think Jesus would have been invited to all those parties that the Pharisees got their knickers in a bunch about if he had been a party pooper? I KNOW that God has to have a sense of humor when I consider some of the things that have happened to me in my life!
We’re made in God’s image, right? No, He doesn’t have a balding head, or poor eyesight, or middle-age spread. This body is just the shell that holds our essence, the soul that is who and what we are. It’s our spirits that are in His image. If we have a natural inclination to laugh, to be drawn to joy, to dance and sing, where do you think we got it from?
Our Father! Exactly!
Habbukuk 3:18: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Ecclesiastes 8:15: So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun. (Did God just tell us to enjoy ourselves here?)
My point is that there is enough going on around us to make us cry, mourn, lose sleep, and seriously consider just sticking our faces in the toilet. Okay, maybe not so bad that we’d actually dunk ourselves in the john, but you get my drift.
Proverbs 17:22a: A joyful heart is good medicine…
Job 8:21: He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.
Ecclesiastes 3:4: A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…
We will have trials and tribulations in this life. There’s no getting around that. But we have to maintain the ability to laugh and have joy in the midst of it all or our souls will wither and die. That is exactly what the second half of the Proverbs 17:22 quote is telling us: …a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
And while laughter is an emotion of the moment, joy is an emotion of eternity. We can be joyful, we can have our hearts full of joy, we can be content, despite the circumstances! It’s when we learn how to do that, that the laughter will bubble out of us.
I was sitting here at the computer the other night, trying to slog through some work, dead tired and on my umpteenth cup of coffee. Things were not going well. My brain was tired and dead. My shoulders screamed with pain and my fingers were all thumbs. And then I got a retweet from a friend of mine:
“I just watched Jaws backwards. It was a movie about a shark that threw up so many people they had to open a beach.”
I don’t know why that tweet tickled me so much. I snorted, I guffawed, and then I just broke down and laughed. I’ve been chuckling ever since.
And my burden has been lightened just by that inane tweet.
We were meant for joy. We were meant for laughter. We were meant to sing and dance before God. Don’t let this world rob you of your inheritance in God. Take back what’s rightfully yours.
Psalm 126:2: Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”