A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. Proverbs 15:13,15 Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Luke 6:21b
So many times in my Christian life, even as a Pastor’s wife, I have wept through the night until I could weep no more. I have found that the most memorable things that have happened to me in my life have later made me laugh and others along with me.
I remember one incident that happened to me while attending a marriage retreat. We had a guest speaker come to speak on the topic, “Intimacy in Marriage.” The speaker did an excellent job but the material was such that everyone was very serious (rightfully so) and no one was looking around at anyone else. The group of about 40 to 50 adults was very sullen and you could have cut the air with a knife it was so thick and still in the room.
As I was listening so intently, and my focus was definitely on the content of the message, I took a breath and at that moment a fly flew in my mouth and lodged in my throat. My husband, the pastor, was sitting next to me and heard me beginning to make growling noises in my throat. He leaned next to me and said, “What are you doing, Woman?” I leaned over and said, “I have a fly in my throat.” Then to my surprise and dismay the fly dislodged and slipped down, down, down, into my inner most being. “Oh! No!” I said to myself. About that time my wonderful, compassionate and loving husband, stopped the meeting to let the couples know what had just transpired and what all the commotion was about.
During that explanation, I felt lead to leave the meeting room and look for an appropriate place to deposit my fly. The disposal of that little critter helped me feel much better but I knew that I would have to return to the meeting room. The couples now were laughing and singing, “I’ll Fly Away” while rubbing their hands together resembling a fly. I, of course, laughed along with them, it was really very comical. We dismissed for lunch and I reluctantly walked to the dining hall for lunch. When I arrived at my place setting a bowl wrapped with cellophane was placed at my seat with innumerable amounts of dead flies. The kitchen staff had heard about my fiasco and hurried to the horse barn to find and kill flies for my lunch. What a joy it is to know how much people love you and want to help you in your time of despair.
I have laughed and laughed while telling this story to those with wounded hearts in hopes that they may be helped just a little. Laughing is good for the soul and is a healing agent the Lord gives to relieve tense bodies and relax muscles. Laughing will change your face, the look of your countenance and puts a further luster upon the beauty of holiness making the face to shine. We are cautioned against the hurtful melancholy spirit for it is a great enemy to us. Laughing will help keep you joyful even though you may weep through the night. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm 30:5b Keep laughing my dear friend, joy will come in the morning.