And what about the children who flocked to Jesus?
Have you ever received a child into your arms and not been joyful?
Thankfully some of our modern day artists are painting pictures of Jesus laughing or smiling. The first time I saw such a likeness of my Savior, I stood on the sidewalk outside an art studio staring at the painting through a plate glass window. A thrill rushed through me. As I thought about it, I said, "Yes, that's my Jesus. He who gives me joy, is joyful!"
The Bible has much to say about dancing and rejoicing. Remember when David danced with great abandon before the Lord as the ark of the covenant was brought from Obed-Edom back to the City of David? I can just see the Lord smiling down on him, and even laughing as He watched, in the same way we look upon our children with pleasure.
Our Creator is the one who made our mouth, our voice. The one who created laughter. When was the last time you laughed in joyful abandon?
Don't stifle that which God loves. Know that He smiles down on you when you experience His joy.
I can't wait to hear His voice, to hear Him laugh with all His children gathered around Him. What a glorious day that will be!
Luke 6:21, "Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh." (NIV)
Lord of laughter, we give you thanks for the joy that You alone can truly give. Bless my friends who are hurting today, and give them a spirit of laughter to ease their pain, in Jesus name. Amen.
Love & Blessings,