While the Christian life is not necessarily filled with temporal happiness, it is supposed to be filled with joy. We all know that. But I think we forget something – well, those of us raised in the American Protestant tradition, anyway.
Being with God is supposed to be fun.
If you read your OT, you’ll see the instructions to the children of Israel in regards to the holy days and feasts. Do you know what they were supposed to do? Bring their tithes of food and drink, and go to Jerusalem and have a party. Yep. Says to go to Jerusalem and eat and drink to the glory of the Lord.
Yes, life is full of valleys of shadow. Places where fun just isn’t. And we’re supposed to live righteously through those valleys. Endure. And those of us who fight against the follies of the flesh can forget… God made us for fun. There *is* such a thing as good clean fun! And we should have it. We should make room for it.
Because we don’t have a bloodless faith, a dead faith, a faith that lies only in our minds. We have a living God, a holy Bridegroom waiting for His bride, One who made wine and was called a glutton. He laughed – we can laugh.
When we get our hearts right, when we get our heads right – laughter should be a part of our lives, and so should fun.
There is a time to *every* purpose under heaven. Maybe even a snowball fight. 😉