The waiting and wondering can rob our joy of oxygen. When our thoughts are in constant motion of playing out scenarios of which we have little control, it can leave us feeling drained. We change NOTHING by worrying, but worry can be an assertive invader.
It was such an incidental moment, but it struck me funny, and the laughter couldn’t be controlled. Yesterday, Randy was sitting on the couch, scrolling through his phone, when he accidentally dropped it, fitting perfectly between the cushion and arm rest. He tried to reach it but after several failed attempts he asked me to reach in and grab the phone, knowing my arms would fit. However, not even my long, skinny arms could free it. The phone was wedged. We were forced to remove all the cushions and pull out the sleeper sofa. Finally, after much effort and maneuvering, I was able to free the phone. We both commented on what a big ordeal it turned out to be for something so simple. That was only the beginning.
Randy tried to put the sleeper sofa back together, only it wouldn’t work. The cushions refused to cooperate. 😉 He tried various placement of the odd shaped cushions, but none worked. They wouldn’t lay flat and kept falling to the floor. He would rearrange, stand back and realize, it still wasn’t right! It became amusing to watch him juggling pillows and cushions. To see them falling again and again nudged my funny bone. The more they fell, the more I laughed. Not just laughed, but side-splitting, breathless, squealing kind of laughter, that can’t me managed. Fortunately, my hubby has a good sense of humor and he enjoys my random outbursts. My laughter was contagious and before we knew it, we were both laughing hysterically, all because of some crazy cushions.😉
To be clear, I wasn’t laughing at him, just the ridiculousness of the entire scene. Trust me, you would have laughed too. 😆 Once the laughter slowed, it dawned on me that we were no longer fretting over the stress of the day. Our day had been preoccupied with concern and worry, but laughter had quieted the nervous tension. Now we were enjoying the moment…even the stubborn cushions. 😆
Laughter is such a gift. It’s a stress reliever like no other. It changes moods, relaxes tension, clears flooded minds and is like a breath of fresh air to an overwhelmed heart.
I’m quite certain that part of God working all things to the good is in moments like the wedged phone. We got to choose how we would respond to the inconvenience, and we chose laughter. What a gift we got to open.
Do you feel worn down, stressed out, and overwhelmed? Sometimes we can take life so seriously and it feels like the weight of the world is on our shoulders, but it isn’t! God has already overcome. We can rest in that fact. Our emotions can respond in direct opposition to that truth, as we let them run wild in cirlces. Take your thoughts captive, so they won’t steal your life away. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow….or even today, so why waste it on worry? Eternity with Jesus is our guarantee.
When you start to feel weighed down by life, PRAY. Pray for perspective and ask God to take your burden and give you moments of relief, then look for gifts of laughter. Open them up and share it with others. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. You can do ALL things through Him!
Proverbs31:25~She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
Luke 12:25~Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?
Romans 8:28~And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.