Thursday, August 20, 2015

Look for Laughter... Look for Beauty

God didn't promise this would be easy.
Actually, He guaranteed it would be quite the opposite.
Things will get hard. And then sometimes things will get harder.
But through it all, if you look closely, you can see Him sending little love notes... a little laughter here. A little beauty there. He is there... walking with us, strengthening... carrying.

Such intense beauty...

Psalm 19:1  "The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament sheweth his handywork." 

And such needed laughter...

Proverbs 17:22  "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine..."

When the road is long... look for beauty.

Stuck in traffic... Look for laughter.

When the road is hard to see... look for beauty.

When the wait is long... look for laughter.

(Waiting at the Visa office)

(Waiting on the roadside for paperwork at language school)

When the work piles up... look for beauty.

When the work is hard... look for laughter.

(Maybe this should actually be under "When the work piles up!" Ha!)

When it gets steep... look for beauty.

When it gets deep... look for laughter.

The question isn't, Will the monsoon rains of life come?
The question is, WHEN the rains come, will I trust God's sovereignty and love for me,
see the beauty, laugh out loud,
and learn to play in the rain?

Psalm 118:24  "This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." 

by Charity, Southern Asia


Dee Snyder said...

Wonderful post, so encouraging and the beauty, mud, rain and funny or frustrating pictures make it so real to us who live this lots of the time!!
Thank you and keep writing!

Lou Ann Keiser said...

Absolutely wonderful encouragement! Thank you for the photos, sharing your life, and for the wisdom in these two points: look for beauty, look for laughter. Looking for some of both, today!

Suzy Call said...

Thank you for sharing!

Wisdomseeker said...

Great message Charity. International message that applies to all of us. Thank you for ministering with your writing.