Surprisingly today as I was reading one of Max Lucado's writings, I found a section Max wrote regarding the Lord laughing. I have to tell you I had to think about that for a minute. After all, isn't the Lord supposed to be regal and stern? I know He loves us and invited little children to come and sit with Him, but I guess I was confusing His kind, gentle ways with a probable smile on HIs face...but laughter?
Max went on to say that anEpiscopal priest had given him a portrait of Jesus laughing. When Max asked why he was given this particular gift, the priest replied, "I give them to anyone who might be inclined to take God too seriously." So, I'm going to put a few lines from Max Lucado's writing on here for you to read and you can make your own deductions on this particular subject. However, I looked up a few portraits that artists have sketched with Jesus laughing and to tell you the truth....I'm going with it! I want to be around my Lord and laugh till my sides hurt! Don't you? After all, we've probably given him a lot to chuckle about!
From Max Lucado's In the Eye of the Storm
I'm seeing that a sense of humor is perhaps the only way God has put up with us for so long.
Is that him with a smile as Moses does a double take at the burning bush that speaks?
Is he smiling again as Jonah lands on the beach, dripping gastric juices and smelling like whale breath?
Is that a twinkle in his eye as he watches the disciples feed thousands with one boy's lunch?
Do you think that his face is deadpan as he speaks about the man with a two-by-four in his eye who points out a speck in a friend's eye?
Can you honestly imagine Jesus bouncing children on his knees with a somber face?
When I think about the prayers God has answered for me in spite of the life I've lived. I think he must be smiling still.
So I think I'll keep his picture on the wall.