Friday, March 09, 2007
The signpost of God’s laughter
In a sure sign of spring, the trees are sprouting purple knit gloves, kid size! I spotted this scene on a woodland walk, and laughed… just had to capture the moment. The gloves sign out spring, pointing the way down the trail…
Much like the laughter of God!
In considering the words of George MacDonald on the childlike nature of God, the simple tenderness and providence of God for us, a friend shared a question with me: “When is the last time you had fun with God?”
“When is the last time you just enjoyed being around God, like a child, two friends, frolicking in life?”
It is a serious question. It goes to the heart of our view of self, and our view of God…
Can you laugh with God? Can you laugh with yourself? Laughter from the heart, to the heart… laughter of the essence of life, childlike, distilled love in a moment of joy?
Or, in your mind, is God someone who doesn’t laugh, who doesn’t have time for those time-wasting things like laughter and joy… In your view of God, would He ever throw back His head and laugh from the heart, would He ever dance, eyes full of light, brimming with humor, pure joy?
Have you ever felt God take your hand and run through the fields, laughing like a son or daughter, dancing down woodland paths, skipping stones in the lake and chasing fish down the stream? Have you recently sensed God sitting beside you as you basked in wonder at His good creation, bathed in the light of amber sun, watching deer frolic and eagles soar, personally owned by the One who gives all life, who is life?
It is a serious question.
And I ask it of you, daughter, son… for it relates to your healing, your life, your destiny! A sign, a guiding light...
Are you living now, in this present moment, with the voice of God in your ears: "You are my beloved daughter, you are my beloved son…?"
This is your birthright, you know! To know this love, to share this laughter, is to receive a signpost of destiny: it will light the way for you, signing out the path that you should take, entered by your true self, your true child, in the childlike God -- surety of family and calling.