Don’t let the title fool you. I am pretty sure there has been more than one day that God had to chuckle at my life. Yes, we are God’s children and He loves us unconditionally. But wouldn’t you agree that there are times in our lives, decisions we make, words we say where God just looks at us, shakes his head, and lets out a laugh.
This happened to me recently. And I’m sure God let out a big ole belly laugh!
I was having a conversation with friend #1. I was frustrated to say the least. I was pulling my hair out because of friend #2’s behavior. I was certain that friend #2 was making the wrong decision about something. I had tried to tell friend #2 what I thought was best. I had easily shared my advice, my wisdom, my life experience with them. Yet, they chose to go another way.
As I was telling friend #1 the story, I became perturbed all over again. So much so that the following words came rolling out of my mouth.
If everyone would just live their lives like I told them to, the world would be a much better place!
Yes, I actually said that. Out loud. And I was serious. Friend #1 just looked at me. Then he began to laugh. He laughed pretty hard actually.
There’s a story in the Bible where God spoke through a donkey (Numbers 22:28 if you don’t believe me). I think God may have chosen to speak through my friend because I needed to hear God’s laugh. And as a side note – there’s a joke in here somewhere about my friend being the donkey, otherwise known as an ass but we will save that for another time.
My guess is that God may have been laughing because of how utterly ironic my statement was. God was saying (in a Morgan Freeman type voice) – Kevin, oh my dear child, do you really wish everyone lived life how you told them to? Have you always listened to Me? I didn’t realize you were the expert on life. How’s that working out for you?
Ok, ok, I admit it. Those ridiculous words replayed in my mind and I heard how stupid it sounded. Whether or not friend #2 should have listened to me really wasn’t the point anymore. It was that, once again, I felt that everyone should live in my world.
That need to be in control that I seem to have. And although I would say it’s a very fun place to be, it’s not always right. Actually, more times than not I’m wrong.
Yes, I learned my lesson that day. It’s not always about me, is it? And just to let you know – Friend #2’s life went on just fine without my advice. Funny how that happens.
Have you ever said anything that made God laugh? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!