God’s Word for Today: Laugh. Oh what a wonderful word! It feels good to laugh. We need to laugh. Countless dollars have been spent on studies to prove that laughter is good for a person’s heath. Well, duh. They could have paid me those collected tax dollars and I would have laughed all the way to the bank. But, since I have no discernable PhD, I did not perform a lengthy and expensive study on laughter. Someone else received the last laugh.
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night laughing? You were in the middle of a good and very realistic dream. Some part of that dream tickled your funny bone and you laughed. It was a laugh as pure and simple and strong as you will ever know. What a beautiful way to wake up in the middle of the night. There are a few seconds between your engulfment in laughter and the realization of the whole rest of the world and its concerns. Those seconds provide the cleanest feeling that laughter can bring. Good stuff right there.
Or, the enjoyment of laughter that is brought on by others. I don’t think one can ever draw as much joy out of a laugh as what a baby can. Some of the video clips shared on Facebook that include a baby laughing just plain make a person’s day better. What is it about a cute little round face baby laughing so hard they almost roll over backwards, that make a person themselves laugh? I don’t want to analyze the whys. After all, we already determined I wasn’t getting paid for it. So, I will just admit that I love to hear a baby laugh. That is good enough.
Then, we have laughter brought on by a friend who does something or says something that brings on a good hearty laugh. Those are pretty awesome too. Sometimes it is at the sake of the friends wellbeing. As in, something broke, they fell down awkwardly, or any number of things that could have caused harm but were so funny to watch that one has to get past the, from the belly laugh, to try and stumble a few words out of your mouth seeing if your friend is OK. Then, if the moment is still perfect, your friend is going to survive and finds equal humor, you both can laugh together. Think of that one friend or if you are lucky, several friends who you can always share a special laugh with. Those friend are irreplaceable.
How about the manufactured laugh? Do those count? Most recognizable is the audience laugh on a TV show whether real or recorded (the laughter that is) that makes you laugh yourself. Someone, somewhere, and somehow, came up with the idea that if you play recorded laughter at the exact moment ending something that is supposed to be funny, it cues your viewers to share in the laughter. I believe that actually started with radio programs. Way back in the day before TV. I suppose there was another laugh study done that I missed out on that paycheck. One just has to laugh at my continual misfortune.
Maybe that is the best laughter of all. When you take a moment and laugh at yourself. Some bone head move you made that contained not even a hint of intelligence but in the end, all you could do is laugh at yourself. I hope you are all blessed with that ability. It sure relieves a lot of stress. Especially if you are laughing at yourself and your newly discovered mistake, turn around and find someone watching you laugh. Then, you share with them your humor and hopefully they join you in a good laugh. Even though they never quite understand the depth of your laugh. My Mom was a master at laughing at her mistakes and bringing you in to share. Nothing better that a person who really knows how to laugh.
Mark 5:40. But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was.
When God threw out the word for today as being laugh, I imagined a Scripture that shared in some Good news and joy and feel good type stuff. Then, God probably chuckled a little and gave out this Scripture. He wanted to point out another type of laughter that is a concern.
There are many times in the Bible when laughter is pointed out. It is a troubling laugh. It is when people are laughing at the expense of others. Today’s Scripture brings up the subject of people laughing at Jesus. Here, Jesus is preparing to bring a dead little girl back to life, and those who did not believe were mocking and laughing at Jesus. I know there was someone in the crowd who said, “Yeah, right.”
So, you have a rather large group of people who got caught up in someone’s doubt. Someone who did not believe, but had a strong voice, a strong opinion, and maybe a hint of belligerence, swayed a crowd to follow his ignorance. At the moment, Jesus didn’t have time to argue. His love was focused on the child and the parents of the child. Jesus gather those who strictly believed. He didn’t try to sway those who were sitting on the fence and could have went one way or the other. No, Jesus took only those whose believed in Him and had them come in and share the miracle of this dead child coming back to life.
Today, think about where you might have been in that little story. Or, many of the other stories of pure truth contained in the Bible. Would Jesus have picked you out of the crowd and had you join Him and share in the Miracle He was about to perform? Or, are you daily being persuaded by someone or something to laugh and mock the miracle of Jesus? Maybe, you are on the fence and still trying to decide where you should be. This my friend is not a time to laugh. It is a time to make sure that when Jesus gathers His followers, you are with Him. Or, you can laugh at these words and walk away. Oh, how I pray you choose the pure laughter of love, joy and peace that only Jesus can bring to your life…………………
Prayer: My dearest Lord, who blessed me with the ability to laugh. Forgive me for the times I have laughed at others. Forgive me for the pursuit of things of this world that I think will make me laugh. Lord, I know laughter of this world is only temporary. Thank you for sharing with me the pure laugh of a child. The wonderful laugh shared with a friend. The ability to laugh at myself. And, the joy of a laugh coming from my soul. Today Lord, I ask that you include me with the group of believers who want to follow Jesus and see His miracles. I have been with the other group. I have been on the fence. Today, I want to be with You. In Jesus’, who could never laugh at others, but simply loved them, name I pray. Amen.