“[Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century, but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.”
— Mark Twain
Here I was, longing to contemplate the new year, the losses we suffered and the pain we endured. I was solemn and excited as the countdown began, a new year could mean new beginnings or blessings. I was poised and ready to turn and kiss Aaron, we each had a party whistle in hand also. The moment the ball dropped, instead of a kiss, Aaron went to town blowing the party whistle and the sound that came out was so funny that the seriousness of the moment turned to instant comedy. It sounded like a screaming goat! I laughed so hard I cried. This went on for a while, making me laugh harder still.
And so, we began this new year of 2019, not with a somber pause, not with a desperate prayer, but with uncontrolled jubilant laughter! Oddly enough, God had been nudging me toward this subject the last few weeks and this was the finale. He wanted me to be carefree and joyful. This year WILL be a year of laughter and satan won’t be able to withstand it. There is nothing more mocking than laughter and at the same time, nothing more diffusing of a situation than laughter.
Just as Sarah laughed when God told her that she would bear a son in her old age (Genesis 18:13). When the promise came to pass she named her son, Isaac, which means laughter. She had mocked God at first, now her laughter would be one of joy, forever mocking her unbelief because in her arms was the son she never thought possible.
“And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me.” -Genesis 21:6
Throughout the scripture, there is both joy and laughter. The ancient Hebrew culture is well known for only writing down what they thought was important. This adds proof to the legitimacy of the Bible, and also adds emphasis to what lies therein. “Laugher,” apparently, is well worth the mention and not roped into the all-encompassing term of “Joy” every time as these verses below demonstrate.
“We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. And the other nations said, “What amazing things the LORD has done for them.” –Psalm 126:2
“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” –Job 8:21
Whether in mocking or in celebration, laughter makes as strong a statement as any spoken word. This year I long to laugh at satan’s schemes, I long to celebrate the work of God in our lives and in our church, I long to laugh and smile, rather than weep and worry. I want to look in a mirror someday when I’m old and see a lifetime of “laugh-lines”, wrinkles that tell a great story, and not a great tragedy.
Oh, how I love hearing my children laugh in class, maybe that’s why adults love tickling them, to hear such laughter from a child! Now, imagine how much more our heavenly Father loves to hear our laughter, our joy. There is much yet to learn from children, I believe the moment we think we can’t learn anything else from our youth is the moment we truly start to die.
Laugh every day, laugh in times of celebration, laugh in times of suffering-mock satan and his feeble attempts to rob you of your joy, a joy that rests in a promise that will come to fruition. Even God laughs at the evil of this world for it is petty and short-lived compared to the Glory that awaits those who trust in Him.
“The Lord laughs at the wicked, for He knows their day is coming.” –Psalm 37:13
God bless you all with laughter this year! God bless you all with unspeakable joy! 2019 WILL BE A GREAT YEAR! Amen!
“Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.” -Luke 6:21