There’s a jackalope in my bathroom.
But, before we go there . . .
Last night, I sat on the patio enjoying a lovely summer evening. I decided to call a friend, and our conversation turned to the skunk that’s been wandering through my garden just after dusk.
“It almost got me,” I said. “I went outside to put something in the trash can, and there it was about twenty feet away staring at me with its beady little eyes—”
Those words had barely left my mouth when I looked up and saw those beady little eyes staring at me from a few feet away at the patio’s edge! Thank God it didn’t come closer. The skunk looked at me, I looked at it, and it waddled off into the night.
Yup. God has a sense of humor.
His skunk trick was a lot like when my friend and I went to a rummage sale. That time, I complained to her about rabbits eating my garden, and just after I’d said some very nice things regarding Elmer Fudd I saw it—a jackalope head mounted as a trophy. It’s on a wall in my bathroom now,
a reminder that God likes to laugh.
Think about those funny little things in the bible. There’s Joshua and his guys marching ‘round and ‘round Jericho looking like fools. And Balaam with his talking donkey. And God rescuing Jonah in the belly of a big fish and then allowing the fish to throw him up on shore. And the Book of Proverbs is sprinkled with short, humorous sayings like: “The lazy man says, ‘There is a lion outside!'” (Now, there’s an excuse for not mowing the lawn!)
God’s sense of humor is one of my favorite things about Him. He brings a little laughter into our sometimes-dismal circumstances.
Proverbs 17:22 says: A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. So, the next time you grumble a little too much or have one of those days when nothing goes right, open your eyes and your heart to God. Watch for it—His amazing, perfectly timed sense of humor. Who knows? You might end up with a jackalope in your bathroom, too!
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