Remember the story of Balaam, whose donkey
Made of that sourpuss a regular monkey?
‘Me first!’ was his motto in everything.
He longed for the riches that money could bring.
He saddled the creature one bright sunny day,
And climbed on her back (he fell off right away).
He got on again and was starting to curse
When instead of “fast forward,” she went in reverse!
With everyone else moving forward in time,
He found himself literally stuck on “rewind.”
You cannot imagine a funnier sight.
If you could have seen it, you’d roll with delight.
But, Lord, that does not sound too spiritual,
Protest I as a serious individual.
To tell jokes goes against everything I’ve been taught,
That by mourning with all those who mourn ‘fish’ are caught.
Your intentions are good, He replies, but you see,
You have been confusing your own sympathy
With my fierce compassion that I give for free.
I call you this day to regain clarity.
For I laugh at the wicked, it says in the psalms,
Not because I enjoy bringing them down
But because they imagine their plans will succeed
Even when their motivation is greed.
But to think that their plans could win out against me
Is perfectly silly, as silly can be.
And so, as you see, it is all right to chuckle,
To giggle, to chortle, let loose your belt buckle
And in every way make a humorous rhyme
As long as it honors my name every time.
For when joy like an ocean comes over your soul,
Up springs a faith that will make all things whole.
The words that he says go straight into my heart,
Exploding in bubbles that blessings impart.
A fountain of joy welling up from inside
Makes me start to feel giddy. This joy I can’t hide!
So, I take His advice and I tell a few jokes.
The man is in stitches. He ‘bad knee’ he pokes.
Then suddenly he rises up from his chair.
It seems to me he is not even aware
That no longer does he have any more pain,
Or that, amazingly, he walks again.
He is just as joyful as joyful can be,
His mind on the Spirit. God’s Word set him free.
“For to be carnally minded is death: but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
“If the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you.” Romans 8:11
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22