I WAS ON A TRIP WITH MY HUSBAND AND A GROUP OF 28 COLLEGE STUDENTS. One of the students had the idea to take pictures in a museum, mimicking the posture and face of each large statue. A historical king holding his sceptor, an Egyptian mummy, Mary and baby Jesus, and Greek goddess were a few.
I laughed so hard I peed my pants a little. I felt like a child again. There was freedom in simply having fun.
Immediately, a particular car ride (just before I left for this trip) came to mind.
I try to pray in the car for my girls on our way to preschool, or other activities. My usual prayer goes something like, “Lord, please help Lucy and Sadie to learn about You, to be kind and loving to others, and to make some new friends.”
I recently asked them if they had anything they wanted prayer for, my oldest daughter Lucy spoke right up. She said, “Pray that I would have fun!”
Wow. The fun factor was not on my radar. Sometimes I have difficulty being in the moment. Not thinking 50 steps ahead. Not being terribly serious and task. Not living in freedom and joy.
As a mother, some of my greatest joys have been to see my girls laughing and enjoying life. Laughing so hard as I spin them on the tire swing. Laughing so hard with our game, “big bear is gonna get ya”.
A friend recently handed me the photo on this post titled, “Jesus Laughing”. She said “Jesus loves to see you having fun. He laughs with you.” It makes sense that Jesus feels the same way about His children enjoying life that I do about my children having fun. But for some reason, this was a new concept to me.
It brought happy, comforting tears to my eyes to visualize my Savior not so seriously. Freedom and happiness flooded my soul.
Our Father says:
I desire overflowing joy for you, my child. I love to watch you having fun. I recognize you have many tasks to get done. But make sure to take time to enjoy moments with others. Freedom in Me means allowing yourself to let go of the serious face. Freedom in Me means laughing and dancing and being silly as a child. I created you to live with as carefree spirit. Full of the excitement and adventure I have purposed for you. Not bound by negativity and troubles of this world. Rejoice with me, my child, as I rejoice over you.
“As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5b
“The One whose throne is in heaven sits laughing.” Psalms 2:4jb
When was the last time you belly laughed? What could you plan this week for the sole purpose of having fun?
© 2012 Standing on Peace