Life has a way of presenting us with many opportunities to challenge and stretch us. Depending on how we respond (and of course the nature of the occasion), we can respond with tears, angry outbursts, or humor.
Humor is the best option of the three responses when it comes to some of my days — or maybe most of my days.
Some of the past few days have presented me with the following situations:
My oldest son was diagnosed with pneumonia last Friday. That is not the humorous part. The humorous part was not the fact that he miserably vomited all over the floor right after getting a bath to lower his 103.9 degree fever. The humorous part for me was as I kneeled on the vomit-covered floor and guessed at what my son had eaten that day. It was in laughing as I told my husband that this is definitely not what you picture when you think of motherhood.
I laughed later that evening when I told my husband how I had to catch my son’s vomit in my hands so it wouldn’t spew all over the doctor’s office. I chose laughter.
At first I didn’t laugh the next day when a different situation occurred. I have been using cloth diapers on my 17-month-old. At times, it is necessary for me to remove larger waste through dunking the diaper in the toilet several times. As I was dunking a dirty diaper in the toilet before transferring it to the bucket where I further process the dirty diapers, my daughter decided to imitate me. She did so by grabbing a dirty diaper from the bucket and slopping it across the floor in her attempt to also dunk it in the potty. Dirty waste water was slopped across my floor, my hands were holding a dirty diaper, and I had an additional mess to clean. Would I react with anger, see the humor in it, and see the heart of my daughter? (She merely wanted to help me.)
Life is full of these opportunities — opportunities to see things from a different perspective, from a godly perspective.
Circumstances, people, our own sin natures are less than perfect and pleasant. The question is how do I respond? How do I walk with grace when life has a way of slopping dirty diapers across our way, throwing messy relationships in our path, and we are still dealing with the stench of our own sin natures? The answer is found in God’s grace and in His Spirit. To keep it simple, let me conclude with the following beautiful quotes:
“If the manner of life under grace is superhuman, so, also, the provided enablement is supernatural,and is limitless as the infinite power of God …. Too much emphasis cannot be placed on the fact that, since God has proposed the impossible rule of life and provided the sufficient Spirit, the believer’s responsibility is thereby changed from being a struggle of the flesh to being a reliance on the Spirit. Grace thus introduces a new problem for the believer’s life which is wholly foreign to every aspect of the law. It is the problem of the adjustment of the heart to the holy presence of the Spirit, and of maintaining the unbroken attitude of dependence on Him.” Lewis Sperry Chafer
“Holiness is in the spirit and of the Divine Spirit. It is not in forms and ordinances… It is not in prohibitions and self-denial. …Christ lives in men through the Spirit. He is no longer a model but a living Presence. Christian faith does not copy Him; it lives Him. Christ is not imitated but reproduced. Life is sanctified because He possesses it, lives it, transforms it. The Spirit of God does not work upon us; He lives in us. This is the contrast between works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit … Fruit does not come by toil but by appropriation, assimilation, and abiding. Holiness makes life fruitful because it abides in the Living Word and gives free scope to the Spirit of Life.” ~ Samuel Chadwick