God showed me something new today! i keep thinking about it and how the revelation of this could transform mine and so many people's lives if we could get a glimpse of this Truth.
i was driving down the street that i live on, in my van. i was not going very fast because i was traveling in my neighborhood. but suddenly, i had to slam on my brakes. from my right side darted two little bunnies right out in front of me. at first, i was startled and a little scared because i actually almost hit them. but, they did not just run across the road. they began to use the street as their playground. they were hopping back and forth chasing each other, jumping on each other and playing right in the middle of the road. i could not do anything but just watch. it was like they were performing for me. at first i just sat there amazed that they would not get out of the road. then, i began to really pay attention to what they were doing. they were having fun playing. they had no idea the danger they were just in. they were so involved with the fun they were having they were completely unaware of the danger that had come and gone. i began to really enjoy watching them play. they seemed to be having so much fun that i began to laugh myself.
as i was thoroughly enjoying watching them play, i began to think back to several days before when i was watching my youngest daughter playing with her baby brother. she was playing some silly game that was just making him laugh really hard. then he would mimick her and she would pretend to laugh really hard at him, which made him laugh again. neither of them noticed that i was watching them until i could not keep myself from laughing out loud with them. as i was thinking about that moment and gazing at the bunnies still playing the same game, i did not notice that they had moved their game to the side of the road into the grassy ditch. i was so involved with enjoying their fun, i did not realize that i was still stopped in the middle of the road. i looked around to see if anyone noticed that i was just parked in the middle of the street. no one was paying attention, that i know of. so, i took my foot off of the brake and continued on my way.
as i was driving down the road, i kept thinking about the performance that had just been given me and i felt God speak to my heart and say that just as i enjoyed watching those bunnies and my own children playing and having fun, He so enjoys watching me enjoy myself and have fun. it makes Him smile when i smile and laugh when i laugh. He wants my life to be a theatre of pleasure for Him. i was so overwhelmed by the loving presence of God at that moment that i felt tears whelling up in my eyes. but quickly my tears dried up and i began to laugh. i am sure i looked really silly laughing so hard when no one else was with me in my van. but Someone was. we were laughing together. playing and laughing. laughing and playing.
i experienced God differently today than ever before. He loves it when i have fun. He wants to have fun with me. sometimes, i think we get so caught up in the rules and religious ways that we believe are so important to God, that we miss out on the Person of God. i believe that God is wanting to clear up some misconceptions about Himself. when we believe He is serious, stoic and intenionally stern, we step back and have a hard time trusting that He wants good things for us. but, knowing He is
thrilled when we are experiencing fun and laughter in this life He has given us, not difficulty and hardship, helps us to trust Him more.
Habakkuk 1:5 says, "look around among the nations and see! and be astonished! be astounded! for i am putting into effect a work in your days that you would not believe it if it were told you." God is showing me a deeper truth in Him that makes me in awe. i am astonished! i am astounded! He longs to laugh and enjoy me enjoying Him in every aspect of my life. God showed me something new today!
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