I love to hear children giggle. There is something infectious about their laughter. I rarely laugh as much as I should as an adult and admire those that do. When I hear the belly roll laughter, I can’t help but smile. There is such joy about the tears running down your face when you laugh. Today – I can’t help but think that God’s creation has a sense of humor too.
Wendy does not do well with tree frogs. They are her nemesis. While I think they are cute and enjoyable, there is nothing the least bit attractive to her. I see their skill to stick to most anything as quite a gift. She sees this same skill as frightening and intimidating. When it rains, we can really hear them outside our back door – the same door that Leo goes out to go to the bathroom. They hang out by the back door and make noises – the noises frogs make. I hear it as their song. She hears them taunting her – laughing at her – daring her to come to the door to let Leo out so they can leap in. I can’t help but giggle at the sounds. I think it is even more funny now than ever. Now when I hear their sounds, I giggle to myself hearing them call Wendy to open the door and let them have fun. Creation definitely has a way of bringing a smile.
I have a feeling we don’t smile enough – or laugh enough – or enjoy the good things enough. We don’t laugh at the sounds of the frogs because we ignore the sounds. We don’t think of the joys of children laughing because we are busy doing grown up things. We don’t spend time seeking the goodness and joy in creation because it is hot or we are bored or whatever it is that keeps us from seeing the funny, the interesting, and laughing.
Today, I hope you find some moments of joy. I hope that you hear the laughter around you and you simply smile. May you allow the goodness of God’s amazing creation speak joy to you today.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
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