Imagine being alone with a teacher telling you about a lesson he will be discussing with you. He looks sternly at you, with a rolled up paper in hand, and tells you: “I’m going to teach you a lesson today”. Kind of unnerving, isn’t it? It evokes the feeling of fear and unease in us. When it comes to God and His lessons for us, we couldn’t help but be serious and keep ourselves on our toes. But is it really God’s intention to always seriously teach us a lesson? No, it isn’t. It’s all a matter of perspective for us and how we take His lessons to heart is what matters. Believe it or not, God has a sense of humor in teaching us our lessons.
Seriously? We ask ourselves if God can really tickle our funny bones when it comes to life’s lessons. Again, it is a matter of perspective – how you want to believe it to be. God delivers His messages and lessons divinely, and we should listen with utmost care. Most of the times, we picture God as the stern teacher I mentioned earlier. We think He does not smile, smirk or chuckle like the rest of us because we don’t get to see Him do so. But let’s not take this discussion of God’s humor in a literal sense. Most of the times, we ourselves create the situations we find funny when God gives us a lesson.
We live our daily lives in constant struggle and effort. We are so concerned with how we can get through the day alive and well that we sometimes miss the fun in living. We do come up short in our expectations and goals in life. Human as we are, we make mistakes, right? But God has numerous ways of teaching us to set things straight. We don’t have to be dead serious in learning our lessons. Sometimes, we can just laugh it off as we look back and think where we went wrong. We should not make any stereotypical image about God, for we do not even know even the tiniest detail about Him, we have not seen Him with our mortal eyes nor heard Him speak with our ears, yet we place our utmost trust and belief in Him — such is faith. With faith, we believe that God is always there for us, no matter what circumstance we get ourselves into. If we continuously make up images in the back of our minds about God, then we are not learning our lessons at all. God gives us the complete freedom to learn our lessons in our own ways, through faith. When we find ourselves in a serious predicament, we can choose to lessen our worries by finding something that can make us smile.
In all this, let us keep a positive outlook in life and believe the God watches over us and never leaves us out of His sight. It is up to us if we want to learn God’s lesson the serious way or the fun. After all, it is all a matter of perspective.
I’m pretty sure most of you are familiar with comedic story of Jesus, the computer programmer. Here’s how the story goes. Enjoy!
One day, Jesus and Satan have an argument as to who is the better computer programmer. They decide to hold a contest to determine the winner. They ask God to be the judge.
They set themselves before their computers and begin. They type furiously, lines of code streaming up the screen, for several hours straight. However, seconds before the end of the competition, a power outage happened. Moments later the power is restored and God announces that the contest is over.
He asks Satan to show what he has come up with. Satan is visibly shaken and cries, “I have nothing. I lost it all when the power went out.”
“Very well then,” says God, “Let us see if Jesus fared any better.”
Jesus enters a command and the screen comes to life with His encoded program.
Satan is astonished. He stutters, “B-b-but how? I lost everything, yet Jesus’ program is intact! How did he do it?”
God chuckles and says, “Everybody knows… JESUS SAVES.”