Humor & Hope Walk Hand in Hand


I woke up in the middle of the night last night and I emailed the above word to myself.  I knew I would forget the word by morning time and thought it might be a breadcrumb on the path.

Last night I had this interesting dream and the only portion I could remember was a scene where this lady was talking to me on the phone. Whatever I was doing in the dream seemed to be work related but I have no idea what my actual job was.  Anyway, the lady on other end of the line was letting me know of a situation where someone failed to take proper care in doing something and was essentially being “negligent”.  But, here’s the interesting part, the person’s name who failed to take proper care just happened to be Mrs. Negligent.  So, the lady who was talking to me could not share the information she had to share with me without breaking down laughing after every other word.  She kept apologizing…“I’m sorry, I just can’t…” 

It was the strangest dream but I was completely amused when I woke up at 2:00am this morning and thought about how tickled the caller became on the phone.  Even though the situation itself was serious, there was humor to be found.  

The only thing that I can think of that could have prompted my mind to have such a dream was a conversation I had with a friend at church last night. We were discussing her recent health issues and some pending test results that may or may not contain bad news. We concluded that laughter truly is one of the best medicines in situations we have no control over. When my friend shared how laughing was often her go to response, she reminded me of my mom’s decision to use laughter as arsenal in her weapons while she journeyed down the cancer road. My mom loved laughing and, at one point, decided to record a bunch of her favorite sitcoms. She would watch them because they gave her more opportunities to laugh throughout the day. Because even though the situation itself was serious, there was humor to be found.  

I think it’s safe to say this has always been my perspective in life too.  I always (eventually) seek the humor tucked away in the hell.  I can’t imagine journeying down some of the roads I’ve been down without laughter. Over the years, I’ve had friends, family members, and coworkers bring so much joy into even the darkest moments of my life.  They’ve lightened the load by pointing my heart back to Hope with the use of a little humor. 

So the question is….who in your life needs the gift of laughter today?  Bring it to them.

“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with a shout of joy.”  Job 8: 21

“Our mouths were filled with laughter then, and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” Psalm 126:2

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