I have long believed that God has a sense of humor. Not the sarcastic type and definitely not the crude type. More of a… laughing along with us at the silliness of our days and taking great joy in seeing the unseen gifts when we don’t understand it all just yet…type.
I’d like to provide you with two examples from my own life.
When I was in college I had a crush on a boy. I was convinced without a doubt that this boy did not reciprocate said crush and I did all within my power to put my girly emotions to the side and concentrate on other things. This lasted say… 2 1/2 to 3 years.
At the 2 1/2 year mark, a friend and I got together for some quality time. All was good, all was happy, until she named the aforementioned boy. I had not confessed to her my feelings (I was ignoring them), when she shared, “[Aforementioned Boy] used to like you. But don’t worry, he doesn’t any more.”
Oh goodness did those feelings of mine go haywire. I pretended to be completely normal, but on the inside my heart was elated and crushed in the same moment. When I got home that afternoon, I wrote in my journal, “God, if you think this is funny, I’m not laughing!”
I absolutely believe that God felt every bit of that was a little humorous, because said boy confessed his true feelings that August and he is now my husband.
Okay, so I don’t actually think God was watching me from above going, “har-dee-har-har!” as He gleefully toyed with my emotions. Quite the contrary. I believe He was with me in that moment, grinning from ear-to-ear just thinking about how fun it would be to watch us exchange vows on our wedding day. In my moment of uncertainty, he was in the process of excitedly wrapping up one of the best gifts He could give me.
I have a beef with the woman of Proverbs 31. Girlfriend has some mad skills and can accomplish more in one day than I can in a month. Okay, a year. Maybe a lifetime. She is the definition of a hard worker and has joy to boot. I mostly ignore her existence so I feel less bad about my lack of measuring up.
But one day here recently, I decided it would be in my best interest to stop ignoring her and maybe follow her leadership. I prayed in my journal that day for God to make me productive. I wanted to be a wife of noble character.
Do you know how God answered me? This is where the laughing comes in. He turned off the electricity in my house for maybe 4 hours. Umm, Lord, don’t I need electricity to be productive???
I don’t believe He was snickering and saying, “let’s watch her be productive now!”, though he may have chuckled at the irony of it all. Nope, I think His laughter was such that He knew I would not expect that answer to that prayer. Again, He had something better in store for me.
The lack of electricity forced me to be productive in ways I hadn’t even considered. Sure, I managed to fold the mound of laundry on my couch, but He saw greater opportunities for me. The weather was unbelievably gorgeous, so the girls and I got to spend much of our morning outside running around the yard. We took advantage of the lack of power to meet my hubby/their daddy for lunch. Then we meandered around the outdoor portion of the science center on what could have quite possibly been the most perfect day of the year.
And He knew how much fun we would have. He knew how good it would be for our family to connect relationally instead of marking off our checklist. It brought Him delight to gift us extra bonding time that day.
He answered my prayer in a way that communicated I don’t have to be a clone of Proverbs 31 lady to fulfill His purpose for my life. He also whispered that maybe I should consider turning off the electronic devices sometimes so we don’t miss out on something greater.
When God laughs, I think it’s for the joy of knowing we will too.
“He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:21