Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:4-6, ESV)
I recall as a child losing the contents of my lunch while on a tilt-a-whirl carnival ride. As the world spun around me, and while I prayed and sprayed random strangers, my pastor who was nearby could be heard laughing and praising the Lord. At the time, I had no idea what was so funny, and even more puzzling was why on earth he would be praising the Lord throughout the horrific ordeal.
Thirty-eight years later, I have a better understanding. When life’s sickening moments hit, I recall his reaction and strive to praise God when it makes ‘no sense’...in the natural sense. I’ve come to realize that is when our testimony is magnified, when we can praise Him through the trials.
The decades have flown by (even faster than the world on a tilt-a-whirl), but I have not forgotten that crazy day. The impact of my pastor’s reaction has far outlasted the embarrassment I felt as a young tween. Here was a man who knew God. Who walked with Him and trusted in his control over things uncontrollable—like the centrifugal force shower of a child’s vomit. Oh to be so close to the Master that I can laugh at life’s embarrassing foibles!
As I study the Word, searching for Him, I am being transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Seeing His character, I am learning to let go and to trust him more. He is worthy to be praised—sometimes even with laughter—through the storms of life. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.