I’ve had a lot going on this week with my mama. Earlier, my baby sister had called to tell me she had to contact 911 for her. So I jumped in my car and flew to Mama’s house. My sister, the fire truck, and the ambulance were already there when I arrived. The ambulance was parked in the driveway so I pulled up onto the front lawn out of the way of the vehicle. In doing so, I had forgotten about a small wire garden fence there around Mama’s daylilies.
I suddenly heard a noise underneath the front of my car and realized that I had driven over something. It was dark (almost eleven o’clock at night.) I immediately backed up a little, and that’s when I remembered the fence.
But since I did not have time to worry about it at the moment, I rushed into Mama’s house where she was being assisted by the emergency medical technicians. My husband arrived in his car. After everything was situated and Mama was taken to the hospital, I stayed behind for a few minutes to tidy up the house while my sister and her family went to the hospital. I told my husband about the fence. He then moved my car to the driveway and straightened the fence.
At the hospital as we were waiting for Mama’s test results, I could not help but laugh to myself every time I thought about running over the fence. I told Mama what happened as she laid there in her hospital bed. She, my sister, and I got us a good laugh from it. I still chuckle inwardly when I think about it. It reminds me of another time when Mama was in the hospital and my kids and I were going one Sunday morning to visit her.
It was raining slightly, and my children (who were much younger then) were on either side of me as I tried to hold my umbrella in one hand and keys in the other. I had given one of them my pocketbook to carry. The next thing I knew, I was going down and could not stop. I went down so fast that neither of them were able to try to help stop my fall. The umbrella went one way and the keys, another. I fell flat on my “boom-boom” onto a huge clay pot of begonias that I had recently planted. The cool part about the fall was that when I went down onto the pot, it was as though I had just plopped down onto a chair–a flower-pot chair! I never hit the ground. It looked like someone had just picked me up off the ground and set me onto the flower pot. Since the only thing that was hurt was my pride (just kidding–only my children saw me), all I could do was laugh at myself. To this day, I continue to tell others about it as I’m doubled over with laughter. It was so funny to me that I ended up putting it in one of my stories, IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, which is my sequel to THE BREAKING POINT.
I love writing stories, and I love adding humor to them. Many of us have heard of the age-old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” And although many things in life are certainly no joke, there are times when having a sense of humor about them helps us to cope. I often ponder God’s and his son Jesus’ sense of humor.
When Jesus was on earth, although he was serious-minded when it came to his ministry and way of life, he was not a tight-lipped disciplinarian. He was kind, warm, and friendly. The Bible says at Matthew 11:28 that he brought refreshment to others. At the same time though, many of us might sense a touch of humor in some of the things he said and taught.
Although his teachings were mainly for the purpose of spreading the good news about God’s Kingdom, one might also find amusing the idea of a camel attempting to pass through the eye of a literal sewing needle. (Matthew 19:23 & 24) Of course, this was just one example of Jesus’ way of teaching in order to get people to open up their minds and really think.
Since Jesus is the perfect reflection of his Father (John 14:9 ), it goes without saying that God also has a sense of humor. Let’s look at just one example–his animal creation. Have you ever stopped to take the time to watch them? Some of them perform many humorous antics which bring a smile to our lips, laughter bubbling from within us, and extra joy to our lives.
Humor is a delightful gift from God and when used in moderation and with sound judgment, adds flavor, zest, and sparkle to our everyday lives. So , yes, life will get us down now and then–but sometimes, laughter really is the best medicine!
Good-bye for now. HAPPY READING!
And as always, this is from my heart to yours.