I was in Taco Bell the other day, getting ready to devour my bean burrito without onions (always without onions), when my wife noticed a little child sitting in the seat next to ours. She was a cute little girl around the age of 3. She sat eating a taco that weighed almost as much she did.
We both sat there for a minute smiling at how this young girl was eating her taco. You or I would eat the taco one bite at a time, but this girl found enjoyment by eating the cheese all at once, then the lettuce, then the meat and so on. All we could do was sit there and smile.
But then my wife said something simple yet so profound. “I bet God is just smiling right now.” For a second I thought, Why would God be smiling right now when He has better things He could be doing?
But how true is that? Would God actually take the time to smile at a child who was eating a taco the wrong way? Yeah. I think He would.
In fact, I bet God laughs when I’m acting dumb; I bet He laughs so hard sometimes He falls off His throne and rolls around in the clouds (yes, I’m fully aware that particular statement might ignite a theological argument—it’s a figure of speech). I bet He frowns when I screw up. And I bet He’s sad when I mess up.
I bet when God smiles, it paints the clouds. And when He laughs, it makes the mountains tremble and the earth shake.
David cried, “He rescued me because he delighted in me.” He also said, “The Lord takes delight in his people” (Psalm 18:19, 149:4).
I bet God looks for times when He can take delight in His people. Like a child can barely wait before Christmas morning arrives, I bet God can’t wait to be with you and me.
Know that God is smiling at you (and sometimes laughing … with you).
I think that the song “My Son” from the late great band Scarecrow and Tinman says it best. “I know your name, and I weep when you hurt. And I cheer when you win because you are my son. I will come when you call; I hear your prayers. And I will fight for my name because you are my son.”
Whether you are a son or daughter, He fights for you. He weeps for you, and He cheers for you.
I bet God delights in you; delight also in Him.