last week, jim and i were eating dinner, and dylan was in her stroller hanging out quietly, when out of nowhere, we heard this chuckle. she was justing sitting there, happily amusing herself. the next night, we were all in the bathroom, playing with the baby in the big mirror, when she full-out roared with laughter. it was the best sound the in world. we made faces and played and kept her laughing for the best ten minutes i can remember.
then for days, despite my best effort, i couldn't get her to do it again! the mirror, songs, silly faces, tummy kisses, nothing. last night, i took her to girls' night, a high school ministry event, and a handful of girls poured out affection and attention on the baby, and she laughed and laughed and laughed. it was pure joy and beauty.
it made me think of my own life and how often my laughter does not have that child's purity. i laugh at a provocative joke, with mockery, or at another's expense.
i think God is honored with the laughter of children. we are created to take joy in the goodness of creation, and when we are in right relationship with God, he takes joy in us.
forgive me the laughter that stems from my sinfulness instead of your goodness.
"I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels...
...No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate.
But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah;
for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married.
As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you;
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you."
--Isaiah 61:10, 62:4-5