“Sarah said, ‘God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me'” (Genesis 21:6).
There are times during illnesses that there really isn’t anything to laugh about. Yet when I do laugh I feel much better. It doesn’t take away my illnesses, but it brings momentary light relief. I’m all for that!
We know that science is revealing more and more about how laughter helps our bodies by: releasing endorphins, reducing stress, increasing oxygen supply, etc. Clearly it’s something God wants for us. You don’t have to go far in the Bible to find stories that show God’s sense of humor either.
Recently in the devotional writer’s group, in the Rest Ministries Sunroom there have been tough times for many. We share what is going on with us and pray for each other.
I posted a graphic there that had cheered me up and brought a smile. It’s of a little girl wearing a blue knitted beanie and a light blue tutu. She’s looking out of the glass door to a garden. It says simply “Life would be better if we wore more tutus.”
I asked, “Tutu, anyone?” It immediately brought smiles and amongst the replies was one saying: “I’d be willing to wear a tutu over my biking shorts. . . that is as far as I can go.”
Well, that was the end of me! I was in belly laughs picturing us all in different colored tutus and wrote, “Can’t you just see us all in our tutus with flappy wrinkly skin, bulges in all the wrong places, bike shorts underneath, unshaved legs etc?! Just as well that God sees us as beautiful!”
Sometimes we need to laugh at ourselves! It really can be the best medicine.
On a serious note, the other thing to remember is that God sees us as beautiful, no matter what we think of ourselves.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for laughter. Help me to find and see the funny things in life, especially on the tough days. Amen.
About the Author:
Kerryn Wright lives with her family amongst the gum trees in South Australia. She was a special education teacher prior to chronic illnesses. Her husband is carer for three of their family, who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. God has always guided them through life’s challenges, often in surprising ways.
What sends you into belly laughs? What funny movies help on a tough day?
This is a light-hearted fun song about how we can all let go because of the joy God has given us! “Dance Like No One’s Watching” with Carolyn Arends is sure to make you smile as you picture us all wearing those tutus Kerryn mentioned. Smiles! -Lisa
Of interest: In 2003, Bob Carey began photographing himself wearing only a pink tutu on a lark. Six months later, his wife Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer and the photos became a way to inject a little humor into a very difficult time. Now, nine years later, Carey is using what was once a goofy hobby to raise money for breast cancer by self publishing Ballerina, a book of his portraits, with all net proceeds going to breast cancer organizations like Cancercare.org and the Beth Israel Department of Integrative Medicine Fund. You can find out more info and see some of his photos.