When we are ill it can be difficult to remember how to laugh some days. Dorothea explains why it’s vital we remember how to laugh!
“Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.” (Psalm 126:2)
Have you ever laughed until it hurt? Until you cried? Until it was hard for you to catch your breath? Until you couldn’t stop no matter how hard you tried?
Have you ever listened to a child’s laughter? Whether they are playing, watching their favorite cartoon, or reading a silly book, their joy is infectious.
When do we stop laughing with abandon? How can we relearn how to laugh with abandon? What makes it easier for us to worry and frown, than to find joy in our days?
I’m blessed to be married to a man who still loves to laugh. Our children inherited this wonderful trait from him. The other day, we experienced one of those belly-aching fits of laughter, and I’m still smiling.
Our son started telling us a story about his day, and before we knew it, all of us were falling over, in tears, and cracking up. Somebody would try to find composure, only to look up and see everybody else in tears and a whole new round of hysterics ensued.
By the time we finally lasted five minutes without bursting out, we were exhausted. It felt like I had worked out–sore abs and all.
The most awesome realization came to me as I prepared for bed. I realized that for those moments of abandoning myself to joy and laughter, my pain and discomfort weren’t the primary focus of my thoughts. The laughter didn’t erase the pain from my life, but made it a little easier to bear. It felt good to let go and to experience joy, even in the midst of one of the hardest seasons of pain that I’ve faced.
I truly believe that God used this experience to remind me that it is okay to seek joy even in the midst of my trials. I’m trying to hold onto that feeling of abandon and seeking God to help me find joy, even in a small, measure every day.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the gift of joy. Help us to laugh even when we must endure tough challenges.
About the Author:
Dorothea Love lives in California with her family. Although she has endured the challenges of chronic illness for more than 20 years, she trusts in God’s grace to help her get through each day.
In what way has humor been more effective as a testimony of God’s work in your life? Have you forgotten how to laugh with abandon? Where can you start to find the humor in life again?
Here is a short video slip of 2 babies who are experiencing some real joy! it is hard to watch without laughing along with them. If you need to learn how to laugh again, fun videos can be a place to start. -Lisa