A few weeks ago, I was driving along and praying out loud when a thought came across my mind. I told God, "It's been so long since I've laughed hard. I mean really hard - the kind of laughter that leaves your sides aching and tummy muscles sore. I guess in a way, I was voicing a prayer request to God...or maybe he just agreed that it's time I start laughing. Never-the-less, the Bible says, "You don't have because you don't ask." Even small things like laughing can come along because of prayer. And boy, did it ever.
A few nights later my sons and I were watching the olympics and my middle child became a comedian and commentator during the women's floor exercises. I don't remember what all he said, and it's so silly that no-one else would find it funny, but at the moment every thing he said hit my funny bone. I laughed...and I laughed...and I wiped tears from my eyes...and I held my stomach because the laughing pains had me doubled over. It was pure bliss!!
But, our God is a god of plenty....and he wasn't even about to be finished with me. A few days later, the boys and I were clowning around in the house and I got tickled again. This time I couldn't catch my breath and my sons were asking if I was alright. Oh how I laughed! Enough - right? Not to my heavenly father. He still had more laughter for me.
A few days later, I met some girlfriends at lunch and one of the girls started with a story that had us literally slamming the table and disrupting the whole restaraunt with wild, crazy laughter. I held my stomach and pleaded for her to "Please stop." By the end of the lunch I had wiped "laughter tears" from my face so much that I had little make-up left. Oh, what a day!
I don't know if God is finished making me laugh yet....I hope not. But I have to say, God answers our prayers with MORE than we ever imagine. All we have to do is ask.