October 03, 2016
I sometimes wonder if God has a sense of humor. The Bible tells us that the Lord Jesus is fully divine and yet was fully human while He walked among us here on Earth (John 1:14, Hebrews 2 14:18). We know that Jesus experienced sorrow (John 11:35), hunger (Mark 11:12), thirst (John 19:28), grew tired (John 4:6), felt anger (Mark 3:5), and joy (Luke 10:21). So I'm wondering...what made Jesus laugh? Did he ever play kind spirited pranks on the disciples? We're not told in scripture, but I sure do wish we were. Humor is a delightful aspect of the human experience. Proverbs 17:22 tells us "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength."
Laughter is healthy for us. As an added bonus, laughter even helps tone your abs! I'm hoping to laugh my way to a six pack, but so far so bad. Yes, the ability to laugh at ourselves helps to tame the self-righteous, prideful nature to which, unchecked, we can fall prey. Well, sweet friend....I've had a few of those laugh out loud moments recently. You know, those moments when all you can do is shake your head, laugh in amazement, and say "Lord, have mercy". You see, Rhett and I joined a nearby traditionally African American church a few months ago. We sing in one of the maybe 5 or 6 choir groups. We'll, actually Rhett sings. I more or less make a joyful noise. Now, I know there will come a day when I can sing, clap, and sway all at the same time...but Lord have mercy, I'm not there yet. Yep, I'm like one wobbling bowling pin that just might knock everyone over. The picture in my head almost bring me to tears with laughter. God bless 'em, they accept and love me anyhow.
It brought be to thinking that we should have a little fun with one of our "Lord, have mercy" moments here at Clothed with Truth. Stay with me...Have you ever mixed up a Bible reference and ended up with a less than ideal result? To make myself feel better, I sure do hope so. You all likely know that I typically sign off with Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." unless I remember the reference incorrectly and accidentally write Hebrews 13:15 instead...which thankfully says "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Okay, not too bad...good cover. Well...you know those 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tote bags that we have that read "Pray Continually"...it just so happens that I recently noticed that the scripture reference printed on the totes actually reads 1 Thessalonians 5:7. Um-hum, you guessed it. 1 Thessalonians 5:7 reads "For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night." Oh boy...nope, not kidding. As soon as I realized the mistake I gasped, turned pale...my heart started racing, and I whispered "oh no...Lord, have mercy". Then in the quiet of the moment, God in His gracious nature, gave me the freedom to laugh out loud. I've chuckled about this mistake for days now.
Now, I can't rightfully stock Bible verse tote bags with the wrong scripture reference printed on them, so they've got to go. Who wants to buy a tote bag that says "For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night."? Okay, so maybe there are a few folks out there, but I'm not interested in being their supplier. Thankfully, it's just the reference that's off and the totes read "Pray Continually". Oh the irony of it all...Yes, God help us, we do need to pray continually. Being as we need to clear these totes, we've dropped the price to $5.17. Yes, I did that to help us remember the right reference. Keep in mind, they do make for a funny conversation starter for those who comment on your tote. Want in? Click or tap here if you'd like one of the "Limited Edition" Pray Continually totes.
Do you think the choirs in heaven sing, clap, and sway? I hope so. God promises that when we get to heaven we'll be made perfect (Hebrews 12:23). In the meanwhile, I'll keep on practicing with the choir here on Earth. If you don't have a church home and you'd like to join us at New Zion Baptist Church on Sunday mornings, we welcome you! If you live near Williamsburg, Virginia, you'll find us at 3991 Longhill Rd. If you live out of town, we invite you to view the service on Periscope every Sunday morning at 8:30 & 11:30 EST. Praise God for His goodness, mercy, and grace!
Peace & Blessings,
Deborah @ Clothed with Truth
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