Laughter… the obvious response

Certain experiences affect the way we look at life.

Men and women who come home from the battlefield often see things differently.

Those who have survived a serious heart attack or stroke have a changed point of view.

But no one had a more radical turn of events or adjustment to his perspective than Lazarus! One moment he’s dead, the next (three days later) he’s stumbling out of a tomb!

Lazarus knew that this earthly life isn’t what we were made for.  And I think he must have laughed.  Because in the experience of dying and being resurrected, Lazarus must have discovered there was so much more to living than what he had known.  To his reborn eyes, the life he’d been attached to, the one that had seemed so fraught with difficulty, must have looked like child’s play.

From his brief glimpse of eternity, Lazarus could surely discern the counterfeit from the genuine.  The cardboard facsimiles we work so hard to build.  The papier-mâché dreams that occupy our hearts and minds.  The silly games we play.  The inconsequential things we inflate until they seem monumental.

The resurrected Lazarus surely saw life differently because he knew there was more to come.  If we could only grasp that, Lazarus wouldn’t be the only one laughing.
~ Excerpted from Lazarus Awakening by Joanna Weaver

I love the notion that Lazarus laughed more after coming back from a pit stop of pushing up daisies. A peek into eternity must have made the stuff of this life pale in comparison.

In The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis describes a busload of people from hell visiting the grassy meadows outside the gates of heaven. Among other things, these visitors come to realize that they are mere shadows compared to those they encounter.

Ever see something out of the corner of your eye and turn only to discover it was a shadow or reflection; nothing real. I wonder if that’s what all of life was like for Lazarus after his return?

If we truly came to see all the stuff of this world as temporary, would it change the way we view life? Would we laugh more?


© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.

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