Often while I am driving home, I sing with my two sons. Xander and Cameron love singing almost any kind of song you could imagine! One of Cameron’s favorites is “Row, Row, Row your boat.” Lemony Snickett describes this song as a “a well known hymn of naval disaster”. One of the reasons I think of the song is because Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock sang it in Star Trek V. Cameron just likes singing it. He has a slightly different version of it! He sings “wo, wo, wo dje boat. Definitely down de tream. Merry, merry, merry, merry. Life is but a scream.”
Life is but a scream! What a wonderful thought to come from a two-year old! Is your life a scream? Ecclesiastes 3:4 NLT says, “A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.” Today, I do not think we give this verse its fair due.
I see lots of grieving and crying. I see people who are down, depressed and complaining (I almost said whining). I do not see may people dancing and laughing. Scripture tells us that there is a time for both these things under heaven.
Why do we always find time for the bad and not the good? When did humor and fun leave church? Why has no one invited them back? Writer Steve Case for Group Magazine said in the November/December 2006 issue that “the gospel is shot through with real humor—which makes sense, because God created us with a sense of humor, and we’re created in His image.”
When was the last time you danced before Jesus? When was the last time you laughed before our Lord?
“A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.”
I choose to dance. I choose to laugh. I want my life to be a scream!