My morning devotions found me laughing out loud when a surprising scenario wafted across my imagination. I was reading a devotion titled “Are You Drifting?” And my thoughts were doing just that. But the author’s explanation of the Jewish Midrash brought me back to full attention…giving definition to my drifting. I was having a Midrash Moment.
Midrash – rabbinic literature that provides a “back story” or explains the motivations of God and man, imagining their inner lives..
A midrash might be called an “aha!” but for me, it goes beyond that to “awe-ha” … a peek into God’s sense of humor; a quizzical Spiritual insight;.
The text was from Gen. 2:18-22. Verse 18 – “It is not good that man should be alone. I will make him a helper comparable to him.” And Verse 21-22 – “And the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam … God took one of his ribs … and He made the rib into a woman…”
Now what tickled my ribs was in the verses in between: To paraphrase Verse 19 – “God formed all the beasts of the field and birds of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would name them. And every living creature was named by Adam.”
Midrash Moment in the making
I started to giggle over the Lord’s wisdom. Can you imagine the upheaval if He had created Eve before the naming of the animals and charged Adam AND Eve with naming the animals TOGETHER. An “Oi vey”, indeed. The atmosphere would have been charged with disagreement and pleas of “No that definitely doesn’t fit.” “Why would you call him THAT???” “How about ____?” (“Oi vey” means “oh, pain” and, guaranteed, there would have been pain a-plenty.) Are you kidding me?” You’ve GOT to see the humor here. Some couples can’t even agree on the name of one child.
I love being in good company, so my thoughts turned to Sarah and her laughter. We have two things in common: laughter and advanced age. I re-read Gen.18:12 and took note that “Sarah laughed within.” And there we parted company, I guffawed out loud.
Laughter is good medicine
“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.” – Yiddish Proverb
They both cleanse, refresh and invigorate.