Laughter amid large gatherings of people and even smaller groups of people can occur for varying reasons other than something being funny. Nervous laughter or sincere laughter? When we are facing the uncomfortable truth laughing it off can be a reaction intended to break the intensity or allow us to dismiss something we would rather not admit too or address. Softening and differing the emotional sorrow till later when in private: or until we can bury the emotion deep in the recess of our heart and mind.
"A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength" Proverbs 17:22
Working as a human resources manager for many years I’ve witnessed laughter during the most intense and inappropriate situations. The inappropriate laughter that is out of place based on the situation and brought on, I’m convinced, by the intensity and the potential consequences of the situation. Laughter’s intentions during these times are meant to: allow time to recompose oneself; to make light of the facts in an effort to remove all and any bad intentions on their part; convey innocence -I was only joking- they took it the wrong way; and sometimes because the message is not understood.
We were created by God as emotional beings, which means that emotional life is one of God’s creations. We are also told by God to be honest: honest with God, honest with ourselves and honest with all others. Therefore we should be encouraged to take our joyous and painful emotions in prayer to God.
Being an emotional, sensitive and self-conscious person; heightened further in this season of anxiety and depression.I am admittedly over analytical....
Being an emotional, sensitive and self-conscious person; heightened further in this season of anxiety and depression. I am admittedly over analytical of emotions these days. God gave us emotions but He also gave us intellect and strength of character, these are interdependent relying on each other to strike a balance. I have focused on emotion here but this is true of all our emotions.
God gives us the tools we need and if we use the tools given, we then glorify God. Use the tools, don’t burying the emotions…..
Purveyor of Light through Life lived & shared and through photography
“Rarely do we realize that we are in the midst of the extraordinary. Miracles occur all around us, signs from God show us the way, angels plead to be heard, but we pay little attention to them because we have been taught that we must follow certain formulas and rules if we want to find God. We do not realize that God is wherever we allow Him/Her to enter.” Paulo Coelho, By the River Pierdra I Sat Down and Wept
I came across this quote earlier this week and it has stayed with me, resonating in my mind. I find it captures a revealed truth, at least for me and I’m sure it may for others. That truth is that we can be so focused on finding God when the whole time He has been with us and all around us.
There is a simplicity stated by Coelho “God is wherever we allow Him/Her to enter.” Now, I do not believe nor do I understand that Coelho is saying we have to give God permission to enter. Afterall, God created us. I understand the context of the word allow, to mean that we admit, we recognize, and we accept God has entered us. Questioning why we can’t find God comes about when we do not hear from God.
We must recognize that God can speak to us in whatever way he likes. He is a powerful and sovereign God and can speak to us by a voice we hear, by dreams, by visions. Furthermore, He has given us his Word, the Bible is God’s living and active word and He has told us that he communicates with us through the bible.
One thing I’ve come to recognize and have been paying greater attention to is the fact that His voice can enter as a thought or an impression on my consciousness, and I am guilty at times of not attributing the inner voice to its proper source. Additionally, I need to commit more time to reading the Bible, using Apps that provide daily devotions with a line or two of scripture is not enabling me to achieve God’s desired and promised communication.
I have confidence and trust that any silence is temporary; Jesus is the way the truth and the life (John 14:6).
Snow. We have received an abundance of snow over the last week, and we will continue to receive more and more snow over the next few days. It looks wonderful and picturesque; but, it can be a barrier to navigating a motor vehicle. Wednesday morning, I had an appointment at an office located in a strip mall. Driving in the parking lot, focused on my destination, I did not see the curb buried in snow. As a result, the car and I experienced a surprising and abrupt jolt. Hubcaps flew off, one rim became bent and the alignment was now in need of urgent correcting.
Our individualism, independence, and self-reliance can also cause us to hide God from our lives. Life takes on a righteous independence, believing we are morally right and without sin. Like the curb hidden by the snow, we hide our sins; and we hide from God. We deceive ourselves, with the focus on worldly influences causing us to stray. But, in the end, each of us will be held accountable for our own sins.
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 1 John 1:8 NLT
C.S. Lewis stated in his book Letters to Malcolm “It is no use to ask God with facetious earnestness for A when our whole mind is in reality filled with B. We must lay before Him what is in us, not what ought to be in us.”
It is not about all about us, we must stop the selfish-individualism, the sense of entitlement we have for ourselves. God created us, He loves us, He has plans for us….and we must seek a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ and then we will experience His love and His plans for us. We are made whole only through God. In God, is where our identity is found.
In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, Ephesians 1:7 ESV