Isn’t it wonderful that God made us to laugh? These are some of my favorite pictures of each of my children. To this day, I smile at their sight. Have you wondered what laughter reveals about God and about us? Laughter can express scorn, hatred, and unbelief. Or laughter can express joy, humility, strength, and faith. We love pictures of children laughing for usually, it expresses the innocence of youth with all of its joy and great faith. The child’s soul hasn’t been ravaged by sin in this world. Yet, just because there are sin and death in this world, the believer in Christ does not have to lose joyful laughter.
Proverbs 31:25 was advice given by a mother to a king describing the virtuous woman, the kind of woman she wanted for her son. “Strength and dignity are her clothing and she laughs at the time to come.” This woman is not naive to the potential pitfalls of this world, yet she rejects fear and anxiety as a reaction to the adversity. According to verse 30, this woman knows God’s authority and rests in His control. Do we realize that God has hold of all our tomorrows? As sweet as laughing children may be, sweeter still we be the laughter of faith even through the sorrow. This is the effect of resurrection and Easter when he said:
” So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full”. John 16:22-25
Remember that God’s authority reigns over our future.
Remember that Jesus resurrection means that sorrowful things become joyful things.
Pray for joy and even laughter that flows from faith.
Look to the one who will write the final chapter of our soul and is writing our life now. He promised joy.
If you want to read more about this subject, you might want to check out Kate Merrick’s new book, And Still She Laughs.