"So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her." Genesis 29:20
"When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, 'The Lord has done great things for them.' The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy." Psalm 126:1-3
This past week, my wife and kids were out for spring break. I took a couple of days off from work so I could be with them. We stayed around the house most of the time, but we also took the kids to see a movie. We went to eat some ice cream and went to the park to play. And Marty and I did get to go out on a date to our favorite restaurant. It was a great week! It was a week filled with LOVE & LAUGHTER! And as a Christ follower, I realize that love and laughter are blessings from God. I thank God for my wife and for my kids. I thank God for the blessings of giving my love to them and receiving love from them. I thank God for the laughter that we share together as a family. It reminds me of the story in the Bible about Jacob working for Rachel's father in order to marry her. The Bible says that Jacob loved Rachel. Of course, he worked seven years and expected Rachel's hand in marriage, but Laban tricked Jacob and gave him Leah instead because she was the older daughter. Jacob wanted Rachel, so he agreed to work another seven years, and Laban gave Rachel to him in marriage. Jacob's love for Rachel was great! Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:25, "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her." Sacrificial love is what a wife deserves. But I also believe a wife deserves laughter. Proverbs 17:22 says, "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Psalm 126 says that God will fill our mouths with laughter and our tongues with songs of joy. I have said it before, and I will say it again: When I am right with God, I have the opportunity and ability to be right with others. When I am filled with joy in my relationship with God, I have the opportunity and ability to be filled with joy in my relationships with others. I thank God for the love and laughter that I enjoy with Him. And I thank God for the love and laughter that I enjoy with my family.