I can’t close the month without mentioning Disney.Â From Disneyland in my childhood to season passes to Disney World as a Florida resident, Disney has been a special place where I’ve laughed and made many a happy memory with family and friends.
I once read that you need to hear five positive comments just to balance out one negative statement.Â I wonder if our memories work in a similar fashion?Â I wonder if that is why the Bible places such a strong emphasis on remembering?
When I first began studying spiritual direction I walked through a season of re-framing; looking at my identity in Christ, the areas of my life that I needed to open to God, places of woundedness where I needed healing, places where I needed a deeper repentance and memories that needed to be brought into the light of a larger story.Â I found it interesting that when I turned my gaze toward the past, the memories that were most alive, closest to the surface and incredibly influential in shaping my perspective were the painful memories, the places of fear and injury.Â But in the act of redemptive remembering I’ve found that behind all those painful recollections there were many places of joy and goodness and truth that were hidden away and overshadowed.Â There were other themes at work shaping my life and those things need to be remembered, to be called out into the light and actively invited into my perception of reality.
When God put this month of laughter on my heart I didnâ€™t know that February was going to be such an emotionally intense month.Â Yet, God knew and He called me to remember.Â Iâ€™ve barely scratched the surface of recalling all of the ways that God has been good to me, from remembering that squirrels are funny creatures to remembering that God is full of laughter and grace for all my awkwardness as His ragamuffin daughter.
There is pain in this world.Â There are dragons that breathe fire and lies and are bent on destruction.Â But nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.Â I have laughter and I know that you do too.
So thanks for sharing this journey with me.Â The journey isn’t over yet and neither is my need to recount God’s grace in my life.Â Keep looking for “I Have Laughter” posts tucked into my blog here and there and keep sharing your stories.Â It is good to remember together.