What makes God, good? This was the question I had asked my family during our time of worship yesterday morning. We paused in the sermon to discuss God’s worthiness for our worship. My son replied with a straight face, “The extra ‘o’.” We all chuckled as the laughter broke the seriousness of the moment. Eventually we got back to the original question, but the impromptu laughter break was a part of our worship. It was good!
We have come to expect such wittiness and humor from Jacob because God has given him such a fun and joyful spirit. Even though we know this is a part of his personality, it surprises us…and makes us laugh, again and again. It’s so good for us and for me, as I take myself and this world way to seriously at times.
I believe God was smiling at our silliness and joy in that brief moment and that makes me smile. What a reminder of the goodness of God, that even when times are tough and uncertain, He grants us joy and laughter! I know in these days it may be hard to laugh or even smile because of the grief and loss we are experiencing. Be reminded that God can and will give you joy and although it may not be as frequent as you like, enjoy it and thank God for the moment.
There is a Psalm that is written as a song of joy for restoration from God after exile and captivity. I think it appropriate even as we wait for complete restoration, “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.” (Psalm 126:2-3) Let this be our hope and song in these days! We can have joy, because God has sent His Son, Jesus to save us and redeem our lives for His glory! God Is Good!
Take care of yourself, take care of one another, and laugh a little along the way!