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Laughing Out Loud with God

Laughing Out Loud with God

Reveling in the beauty of duck butts, squirrel cheeks, and other wacky wonders
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Riding in the passenger seat while my husband drove, I stared out the window. As we passed a pond, I noticed five or six sets of tail feathers sticking straight up out of the water. The ducks were busy eating whatever delicious goodies they had found under the water, butts pointed skyward, with no idea how undignified they looked to passing humans.

Although I'd seen it before, the sight struck me as funny, and I pointed it out to my family. My kids laughed with me, my husband chuckled, and we enjoyed a short moment of delight at the expense of those oblivious ducks. I thought of the ducks' creator, and wondered for a brief moment whether I should take a more subdued attitude toward God's creation.

Then I realized he might think it was funny too.

When we think of the ways God reveals himself through creation, we usually think somberly of majestic mountains and roaring seas, the reliability of the seasons and the provision of crops. We think of the detail in the tiniest flower, the mysteries of gestation and birth. When we think of an appropriate response to creation, we think of standing on mountain peaks, overlooking the ocean, lifting our arms in wonder. Or maybe sitting around a campfire in the woods or in the shade of an old tree in the park, singing songs of praise. We don't think much about laughter.

But much of what God has made is inherently funny, ridiculous, and infused with sheer delight. Consider the humor in a penguin's waddle. The adorable fluff of a baby chick, a bear scratching its back on a tree, monkeys who pick bugs out of each other's hair. Puppies that spend hours playing, fall asleep wherever they land, then wake and start playing again. The unbelievable combination of traits in the platypus, which European scientists actually believed was an elaborate hoax when they first encountered it in 1798.

It's no accident that the creatures in this world appear and behave as they do, just as we ourselves are not accidents. When my dog tears around the yard at full gallop with a ball in her mouth, daring us to try to catch her, she is celebrating the way God made her. When we laugh and share in her delight, we are celebrating as well.

Perhaps an arresting sense of awe is not the only appropriate way to express our appreciation of what God has made. Our laughter and "aww" can be forms of worship too. Simply noticing and attributing God's works to him is an act of worship. And I believe he is honored in our delight.

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Amy Simpson

Amy Simpson is the managing editor of marriage and parenting resources for Today's Christian Woman and the editor of GiftedForLeadership.com. Connect with Amy at amysimpsononline.com.

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October 24, 2013  1:10pm

Yes, thank you for this article. We are indeed to rushed and hurried in this life to notice His works. He created all of this for us to enjoy. The other night my mom and I were coming back from a big food shopping trip, it was becoming dusk and the sun was starting to go down, and I caught a quick glance at the sun against the backdrop of the fall sky and it took my breath away. I slowed down so my mom could see and then trees and houses obstructed our view. I actually drove out of our way to see more of this majestic skyline. I thanked the Lord for it too.

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ROBYN K Aguiar

October 23, 2013  11:59am

Thank you for urging us to notice God's beautiful creation in the everyday. Usually, most people are too hurried to notice. I, too, think God wants us to see the beauty around us--in the billowing clouds, the twirling leaves, sunlight and shadow, and the smells of the seasons. Thank God from whom all blessings flow!

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