God Is Playful With Us
Not only does God have loving thoughts about us, He is also playful with us. He likes surprising us. He likes giving us clues and yet still waiting to reveal what He is doing. The obvious example is the birth of Christ. Sure now we can look back and see how all of the prophesies were fulfilled, but it seems that only the wise men won that great treasure hunt. Christ return is very similar. Jesus says here is how you will know when the time is near, but I don’t even know the exact hour. I think Paul says it best when he says that God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27). God likes to keep us on our toes. I believe He is having fun with us. Here are some quick examples:
- Jesus making a lot wine for party that already had their fill (John 2:6-10).
- Jesus walking on the water… and about passing by the disciples (Mark 6:48).
- Jesus making the soldiers fall down before they could arrest him (John 18:4-5).
- Jesus not revealing himself on the road to Emmaus and then vanishing when they recognizes Him (Luke 24:31).
Children Like to Play
Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying He carelessly messes with our minds. He is playful, and He is inviting us into His playfulness. Remember the children were always trying to get to Jesus. They don’t gravitate to the most serious adults. They look for the fun ones that pull coins out of their ears… Jesus, of course, pull them out of fish (Matthew 17:27), which is way more fun.
Playing With My Daughter
This past weekend I was playing with my younger daughter. She was running at me knocking me over. I was grabbing her and throwing her in the air. Then she would get down, walk away, and then do it again. We were enjoying each other. If God is our Heavenly Father, He must want to play with us in the same way. He is not trying to get us to grow up with every interaction with us. Jesus said that the greatest in the kingdom had to become like a child (Matthew 18:5) and the kingdom of God belongs to the children (Mark 10:14-15).
God Wants Us to Enjoy Life
This is going to be hard for some to wrap their minds around. God wants to have fun with us. God wants us to enjoy life. God wants us to know that the life He has for us is better than anything the world can even attempt to offer.