"But God in heaven merely laughs! He is amused by all their puny plans."
-- Psalm 2:4 (LB)
God laughs -- isn't that a strange thought?
My friends and I often ponder over this. He actually laughs. Have you ever had an unintentional goof-up that has left you laughing? Maybe like my friends and I, you have wondered is God laughing, too?
With her turkey in the oven and guests on the way, my friend knew she was in trouble when she discovered after taking out the garbage that her door had locked behind her. She asked herself over and over, "How could I have overlooked checking that lock?"
Later, after a lot of prayer, -- and after being rescued by her husband -- the evening turned out fine. Reflecting on the events, she laughed at her mishap and wondered, was God laughing with her?
A friend, when viewing her dog's ball resting against the fence in the back of her yard, decided to retrieve it for her pet. Suffering from MS and being home alone, she hesitated, wondering if this was wise. But, after all, she reasoned to herself, she went outside on her scooter all the time.
She decided to go for it, but her scooter quickly became stuck in the mud.
How would she get back to the house? She was going to have to crawl 100 feet across mud and rocks on a concrete patio to get inside. Now she had only one more thing to do; she needed to call her son to help her up off the floor.
She laughed over the phone to him as she exclaimed how stupid she had been. When she hung up, she wondered, was God laughing, too?
God laughs and is amused by silly plans that foil and fail. I think we need to learn to laugh, not at our sins, but at our silly mishaps and mistakes.
We all have some embarrassing moments. Instead of feeling humiliated over them and allowing the devil to get the best of us, why not turn them around with a good hearty laugh?
We are created in God's image, to act in his character, and learn to do things his way. So let's follow his example. Laughter -- we can use more of it. I know I can.
Scripture says laughter is like a medicine. Let's remember, God laughs!
• Annettee Budzban is a Christian author, speaker, life coach and nurse. Join her at Panera Bread in Gurnee Thursday, Aug. 22, and hear how you've got what it takes to succeed. Contact her at Annetteebudzban@aol.com