No, I mean it! Have you ever stopped to look at all the things that are weirdly wonderful in a 'ha ha' kind of way, when you stroll among the flowers?
Take drunk bees for instance. If you have never seen a bee struggling to hold his nectar, then you haven't truly lived. Portly in their fuzzy striped bathrobes, they wiggle and waggle in an inebriated stupor after a hot summer's eve spent indulging in the good stuff. Sometimes they lay right down on the ground and you can hear their sighs as they stumble about, wondering where their safe ride home went.
And then there are the weird and wonderful shapes and textures of seed heads. My clematis, for example, blooms in nodding, demurely modest purple blooms bent low in humility before the sun's superiority.
Then the petals fall.
And you are left with a blonde bombshell in a Broadway wig.
I ask you - what is the meaning of all this?
I can only conclude that the Master Gardener has a wonderful sense of humour.
Having a sense of humour means a belly laugh, doesn't it? And it absolutely blows my mind to picture God in uproarious laughter.
Yet, God is mentioned as laughing more than once in the Bible. Did you know that?
I didn't either.
There are three mentions of God laughing in the book of Psalms, and in every instance, He is laughing at one thing in particular that really blows me away.
" So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper. But what a difficult task it is! Then I went to Your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. Truly, You put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction. In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors. When You arise, O Lord, You will laugh at their silly ideas as a person laughs at dreams in the morning." Psalm 73:16-20 NLT
In God's position as supreme ruler of the Universe, He finds the plots of evil people - funny. Silly. As impermanent as a passing dream.
Really? Really, God - You laugh at evil?
Does that mean that God is heartlessly watching children starve and laughing?
To jump to that conclusion is to completely misunderstand God's heart for His people. Remember - He loves us with a desperately deep, infinitely unchanging love. So - how to understand this perplexing new information about His character? How can we press it into the batch of dough like a cookie cutter, and seek to see how it fits the whole?
It reminds me of watching the gambolling kittens on our front step. They hiss and spit and pounce on each other and we in our human superiority laugh at their silly and entertaining methods of intimidation. It gives us no lump of fear in our chest. I picture God watching the rise and fall of Empires with a grin - knowing that ultimately, Good wins. Permanently. The growls of wars and evil political machinations are so far beneath His power that He can pass them off as silly - knowing as He does that their day in Court will come. Soon.
To God, who lives outside of our time and space continuum, all evil is already judged. It inspires no fear in His chest. It conjures up no terror or perplexity. He is in control, always. Period. That's how BIG He is!
God has gifted the world with the ability and inclination to laugh at life's absurdities because it is a part of His own character. He knows better than our medical professionals all of the positive physical benefits of a good belly laugh.
And for reasons all His own, He wants us to know today that whatever we are facing that is so insurmountable in our little world is child's play to Him. He sees. He grieves with us when we hurt - but He laughs, too, because He knows that the good guys win and the bad guys get shoved off a cliff and burnt to a crisp, the best ending to the movie we're living that has ever been written into a Hollywood script.
Do I understand it all? Not by a long shot! But it helps my faith to grow when I stop to consider how big, powerful, and magnificent God is.
And in a strange, weirdly wonderful way, this makes me laugh in joy! He is in control. He is keeping tabs, so that I don't have to. He can't be intimidated by wicked growls. He sees with all-knowing eyes what I cannot - so I will have to trust Him that what He is doing in my life is right and good.
So go ahead!