Have you ever wondered if God laughs? If he delights in some of the antics of his children?This is something I have thought about and you probably have, as well.
I believe there are two types of people that will read this post; those who have probably experienced this side of God and those who think I’m plain crazy and disrespectful to our one true God.
Which one are you?
Do you believe that God has a sense of humor that he does those funny and unexpected things that leave you with a big smile and no doubt that it could only have been him?
I thought it would be great to share a few of my experiences to remind us that God is not only approachable but that he is truly our father and he wants us to take joy in his presence. And like a father, there will be time to correct, to educate and to play with us.
What a truly wonderful God he is and I pray that as we continue to grow this relationship with him, he will reveal himself to us in new ways.
Does God have a sense of humor?
I once read that the clearest example of God having a sense of humor lies in his creation of mankind in his image and likeness, Genesis 1:27. Another one says that God must have had a sense of humor to put up with Jonah’s antics.
These are interesting perspectives but I also want to believe that with God’s immeasurable list of characteristics, being funny is probably in there, somewhere.
Sarah probably thought that God had a sense of humor when she was told that she would have a child in her old age. See Genesis 18:12
God’s timing is truly impeccable.
A recent incident in my life reminded me of this and after I had considered everything that had happened, I had a big smile on my face. This was something I had been trying to resolve for over four months and failed at(even with prayers), but God did it for me in a week and only after I obeyed a particular directive he knew I had been avoiding. Hope to tell you more about this, someday.
Isn’t it amazing how God moves? How he sheds us of our reliance on our selves and our perceived comfort?
I’m truly excited just thinking about it. This is the first of what I hope to be many posts that share mine and other people’s experiences of God’s humor in our lives.
Those moments of humor
Here are a few moments when God had me literally laughing out loud(I promise, I’m not crazy)
That moment when I stopped praying that I would grow taller with the hope that he would do it.
Growing up, I had always wanted to be taller than I was. In fact, at 17 everyone had assured me (including my business studies teacher(please don’t ask me why he said this because I have no clue)) that I would still grow.
When this did not happen, at least to the extent expected, it became a major prayer point. It was only in the last few years that I decided to let go without really letting go.
If you’re anything like me then you’ve probably done this; where you stop praying about a particular subject on the pretext that you’ve accepted the way things are but you are secretly hoping that God will do what you desire. Well, this was what I did and the Holy Spirit caught me.
On one particular occasion, I had just thanked God for my height while thinking of my dream height at the back of my mind and he called me out on it. I must have bust out laughing but it was lovely knowing we could have such moments with God.
That moment when I prayed for a certain dream man
Ehmm, I do hope I’m not the only one that’s guilty of this. Have you ever seen someone that “fit” your husband requirements and you quickly told God about it? This was probably someone you knew you would never ever meet except God did it for you.
So, you earnestly pray for your future husband but you constantly have this picture of the man as you are praying even though you claim that it’s up to God to decide who you marry.
In your magnanimity, you also pray for this ‘dream’ man, who is usually a figment of our imagination because we really don’t know the type of person they are, we somehow believe that they are amazing even though we know little about that character and beliefs. This is probably someone famous, a different race, different country, probably rich, too.
Well, this happened to me and I thank God that he caught me on this and he was very kind about it. He brought me back to reality when he reminded me that having a picture of who I wanted while claiming it was all up to him wouldn’t work.
How about you? Do you still have that picture that has somehow refused to go away?
Let it go, Sis and let God do his will, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t know your desire but he knows his plans for you which are good and will give you a future and a hope. See Jeremiah 29:11
That moment when I felt the nudge to fast and got invited to a free buffet lunch.
This one has happened to me so many times that it’s become a running joke. There have been times when I felt the need to fast(beyond my usual fasting periods), and I do only to get invited to free lunches and dinners.
I remember one time where I decided well into the day to fast after getting the feeling to do so, not too long after, I was informed that I would be attending a meeting, where I knew there would be a bountiful selection of choice foods(and there was). I had to laugh out at this because I knew I had probably been thinking of food too much and needed a reality check – Chioma, food is not everything.
That time I was shopping and he surprised me
It was like any other shopping day with the exception that I had asked God to help me with this particular shopping experience. I’m one of those girls that gets tired of shopping and may end up buying anything just so I can leave. On this particular occasion, I also had a really tight budget and wanted to maintain my luggage limits.
So, I get to the mall and I feel the nudge to enter one of those pricey stores I would normally only pass by or window shop. You might be thinking this is more greed than God but I promise you that it wasn’t. Not only did I get two of my best dresses(to date) at an incredible discount but a pair of shoes too.
When this happened, I realised a few things, that: when it comes to his children, nothing is too little for God to be involved in and that God truly knows what’s best for us(and has great taste, too).
It’s still amazing that he was happy to help with what some will likely call rudimentary and unimportant. This shows that God loves every part of us. Right now, he is my go-to shopping partner and it’s been amazing(although, I sometimes insist on getting things he doesn’t want me to).
God’s sense of humor
Have you had any moments that left you with a big smile and a gladdened heart at what God had done? Moments where you just had to laugh out loud and thank God for catching you out?
Please share these with us. I would love to add a few of these in the next series.