We had a cold snap here the past few days. We had a little snow and the temperature was below freezing for a few days.
My morning class is comprised of all moms who are learning English in the school where their children attend. Yesterday morning I shared with them that my beard keeps my face warm in the winter. Then I asked if any of them wanted a beard if they could grow one. All of them said NO and were emphatic about NO.
The moms are doing the best they can under difficult circumstances. Some came here as refugees from war torn countries. Others came here for economic opportunities for their children. Whatever the reason they are here, learning English is stressful. So I use humor to try to help reduce the stress.
My morning classroom is often filled with laughter. It gives me joy to see my students smile and laugh and enjoy learning.
Did you know that God has a sense of humor?
In Psalm 2 we read:
“The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them”
Psalm 2 is about rulers on earth and people who say there is no God. Think about it from God’s point of view. He created everything there is. Our very lives depend on God providing air, water, land etc. It must be very funny to God when people say he isn’t there or when people say they know better than God.
I love a saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”
When I read the accounts of Jesus after his resurrection, I see the sense of humor Jesus had. In Luke 24 we can read about Jesus coming to the disciples on the Emmaus Road. They did not recognize him and Jesus played along asking them questions.
Sometimes I think God gets a kick out of watching me try things to serve him such as when I tried to be a wedding coordinator for a family from Ukraine.
Did you know that laughter is from God? It is part of his design for us. Psalm 126 says:
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.
The Lord did a great work for the his people and the result was their mouths were filled with laughter.
There are times that we need to be serious and thoughtful. But there are also time for us to enjoy life, have fun, and yes even laugh.
I hope you experience joy in your life this week.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.