|Posted on February 27, 2021 at 11:15 AM|
We have to acknowledge that God has a sense of humor. Otherwise, how would we explain the giraffe? Stick legs, bulbous body, teeny tiny head on the top of all of it, and eye lashes that belong on a run-way model.
Or how about the simple honeybee? There’s a popular misconception that bees shouldn’t be able to fly, but it can’t be true because we see them do it all the time. With those chubby bodies and little wings it surely doesn’t seem aerodynamically possible, but the science behind it shows that they achieve lift because of the way they move their wings. Each spin of their tiny little wings generates a mini-hurricane that allows them to accomplish the seemingly impossible feat.
And then there’s you and me. Could there be any more imperfect creature than humankind? We come in all sizes, shapes, colors and varieties. Though we function similarly, there is certainly no way to predict our behavior or our response to any given situation.
Paul summed it up perfectly in Romans 7:15 when he said “I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I can’t. I do what I don’t want to—what I hate.” Even we can’t understand or predict our behavior.
And yet God loves us.
Not just loves us, but chases after us time and again. Through every stumble, every bad decision and every ugly behavior, God’s love for us in unconditional and unending. There’s absolutely nothing we can do to make Him love us more. And thankfully, nothing we do will make Him love us less.
Oh, He will respond to our bad behavior! Sometimes with a chuckle as He picks us up and dusts us off, sometimes with tears because He has to let us wallow around a bit in our own filth. But always with forgiveness and grace.
We act like it’s irreverent to assign humor to God, or any emotion - but He is real and relational. If He weren’t how could He possibly come back and rescue us time and again. He created us, and our world, for the whole gambit of emotions. Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there’s a time for everything… including a time to cry, laugh, grieve, dance, hug…
We are created in the image of God. He understands those varieties of feelings because He shares them. We spend so much time keeping Him up in heaven – aloof, unattainable, sitting on His gold throne and not accessible to us – we forget that He had the humor to create us, and everything around us, just as we are. All God desires is relationship with us. Not one of subservience or fear, but one that is real and intimate. If He feels unreachable, it’s because we’re looking too far away. He’s always right near us, waiting for the moment when we call.
When my mom died, I found a little stash of memorabilia she had left. Pictures and notes to each of us kids, school programs and reports cards, and other little memories that she had held dear. And I found a letter that instructed me how to take care of her financial matters like the life insurance policy, which bills to pay and what I needed to do to keep the family afloat. Because she cared about both – the precious and the mundane. Looking through that file made me see my mom in a whole different way. Not just as my mom, but as a real person.
God left us all with a book of love letters written to inspire, make us laugh, make us understand and to instruct us through the most difficult times of our lives. That’s not a Father who has no discernable emotion, and just rules through fear. That’s a Dad who loves us with all our flaws and just wants us to love Him back in the same way. And when we access that file, we see Him in a whole new way.
If you haven’t figured out how to relate to God on a real level, you just need to open that book of love letters. He certainly has a sense of humor and a desire to show us the real Him. He just wants relationship. Why else would He keep on loving us imperfect funny little humans?
Be blessed my friend. God is on the throne.