Finding God in Humor

By Karen O’Connor:


Image by Theeradech Sanin: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Have you considered finding God in humor? If not, give it a try. I believe God wants us to be full of joy and laughter and to give up fretting and worrying.

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands (Isaiah 55:12, NIV Bible).

By sharing a smile with others, you’ll honor God and bring encouragement and hope to yourself as well.

Five Ways to Nurture Your Sense of Humor

 

1. Share a funny or embarrassing moment with someone you know, and enjoy it together. My friend Melissa called to say she sprayed her hair with furniture polish. “It fell flat but had a nice shine!”

2. Laugh at yourself even when you feel like crying. I thought I’d misplaced my cell phone only to discover I was using it right then to speak with my neighbor. Oh my!

3. Cheer up sick friends with a book of humorous stories or jokes. Help them discover that as Will Rogers said, “Laughter is the best medicine.”

4. Find humor even in serious situations. A woman whose hair was growing in after chemo treatments said her husband Dan helped her laugh everyday. “We had a short-haired dog at the time so when my hair started coming in, he clapped me on the back and said, ‘Great. Now I have a short-haired wife too!’ I liked my new look so well, I never let my hair grow long again.”

5.  Make a list of scripture verses that encourage laughter and tack them up on your mirror or bulletin board to review each day. Here are a few.

“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy” (Psalm 126:2).

“A happy heart makes the face cheerful . . .” (Proverbs 15:13).

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh” (Luke 6:21).

         

Finding God in humor is easy once you look for Him there. Enjoy this YouTube video from Mars Hill Church, “Was Jesus Funny?”

 ©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com

 

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Finding God at the Drive-Thru

By Karen O’Connor:

 

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Here’s a bit of humor for you today!

Said Lana, “Finding God at the drive-thru was not what I expected. What I expected was to order three burgers with fries and three soft drinks.”

Lana had picked up her elderly parents for an afternoon outing and  suggested they stop for lunch first. “We drove up to Burger Barn on the way to the theater to grab a quick meal,” she said. “My parents are older than I am, but you wouldn’t have guessed it based on what happened.

She pulled up to the station and waited her turn to call in the order. While waiting for someone to respond, she chatted with her parents. After several minutes with no service, she grew impatient. They had tickets for a 2:00 matinee and it was already one o’clock. “I didn’t want us to miss the opening curtain.”

Lana noticed her father glance out the window and then back at her with a curious expression on his face. He tapped her on the shoulder and said in a soft voice, “Is there any reason why you’ve stopped in front of the dumpster?”

Mortified, Lana covered her face with her hands. Sure enough she had stopped by the trash bin. “How could I have done such a thing?” I couldn’t admit I had made a mistake so I covered my tracks. “Just checking…um, you know, where to put our garbage––after we eat.”

But it was too late for excuses. Her parents weren’t buying it. It was their turn to watch their daughter get caught in a senior moment. And clearly they were enjoying it.

“We all laughed as I moved the car forward to the station clearly marked: PLACE ORDER HERE.”

It was there Lana realized she was finding God at the drive-thru, because He helped her admit her blunder and chuckle about it. She was reminded of how God guides us, no matter what, when we are willing to seek His wisdom instead of blindly going in wrong directions or not paying attention to where we are and why.

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way. . .” (Isaiah 30:21 the Bible)

Enjoy this inspiring YouTube video with music by Don Moen, “God Will Make a Way.”

Find out more about Don Moen at www.donmoenandfriends.org. You can also connect with him on Twitter as @donmoen or on Facebook.

Karen O’Connor is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to Finding God Daily. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com

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Finding God in a Stick of Butter

By Karen O’Connor:


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“Where did I put that butter?” my friend asked herself one afternoon as she prepared to make a batch of cookies. The half-pound she’d purchased at the market the day before was nowhere in sight. She checked the hall closet where she hung her purse. Not there. She searched her jacket pockets. Nope! With a great sigh she rummaged through the grocery bags one more time. Not!

“Time for prayer,” she muttered. Dear Lord, I need help. At that moment she slid open the drawer where she keeps her baking utensils and there it was. “I never expected to be finding God in a stick of butter,” she said laughing, “but I surely did. He’d answered my prayer in plenty of time for me to make the cookies I planned to take to my granddaughter’s open house at school.”

Fortunately, the butter was still intact. None had melted and it was now just the right consistency for her recipe.

How much God cares about us in big things and little, in world-changing events and in mundane tasks that we take for granted. Nothing is too great or too small for the God of creation. In the Bible in Jeremiah 32:41, the Lord says, “I will rejoice in doing them good . . .” If my friend through prayer was finding God in a stick of butter, just think in what amazing and funny and delightful and serious places any one of us can find him—if we seek him with all our heart.

Karen O’Connor is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com

It can be distressing when we can’t remember things. Thankfully, we can ask God to help us when our memory fails. But it does help to keep our sense of humor!

Enjoy the song “Remember?” in this YouTube video featuring Tom Rush, titled I Forgot.

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