First a little riddle: What season is it when you’re on a trampoline? (I chose this riddle for my grandson who competes in trampoline. The answer is at the end of my post.)
It’s unusual for me to wake up with a heavy heart, but this morning I did. I don’t know when the Lord put together the verses I needed to hear today, but there they were as I began my day with Him.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28.
Have you ever wondered if Jesus laughed? Scripture tells us He was a man of sorrows. Of all men, Jesus knew the work and weight of sin, not His personal sin. He had none. He is holy. But the weight of our sin. Even with the weight of our sin on His shoulders I believe He had times of laughter.
I see Jesus with the children blessing the little wiggly, giggly toddlers and such. Then one preschooler sits on His knee, cocks his head and asks, “I try to love my little brother, but when he hits me, I hit back. Will I still go to heaven?”
Ok, so maybe, Jesus didn’t laugh at the questions but I’m certain there had to be a smile, and later when he met alone with the disciples, I can hear the laughter as they recounted some of the incredulous questions children ask.
Even King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes of a time to laugh. Psalm 126 is a song speaks of our time to laugh.
“When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laufhter, and our tongue with singing:
then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
Turn again our captivity, O lORD, as the streams in the south.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
As I finished reading these verses a little chorus I sang with the Sunday School and camp children came to mind. It goes like this:
“The joy of the Loooord, is my strength. The joy of the Loooord, is my strength. The joy of the Loooord, is my strength. Oh, the joy of the Lord is my strength.
He fills my mouth with laughter, Ha, ha ha, ha ha. He fills my mouth with laughter, Ha, ha ha, ha ha. He fills my mouth with laughter, Ha, ha ha, ha ha. Oh, the joy of the Lord is my strength.
The final verse is simply Ha, ha all the way through ending with, Oh, the joy of the Lord is my strength. The children loved it and so did I for it always brought a smile and even a few chuckles to everyone, including those who looked like they may have sucked on a sour lemon.
Today are you feeling heavy-hearted? The Lord invites you to come, give your heaviness to Him, and He will give you rest-and it may be through laughter, at least a chuckle, or a smile.
And by the way, after filling my heart with laughter, when I went to see about my Mom, I found myself plunging and mopping up where her stool had overflowed. I had to smile and sing my chorus.
Now for the riddle’s answer: Spring time!
Share the funniest thing your child has said or asked you, and we can all share in some laughter.