Laughing with God

Recently, the younger sister of a girl I graduated high school with was involved in a bad car accident. I didn’t personally know her, but I had had several classes with her sister. My Facebook news feed has been blowing up all week from friends of the girl back home, asking people to pray for her. She was in the hospital for a while, fighting, but she passed away today.

I’m not exactly sure what I want to write here, except that I pray for her family and two children she leaves behind. I was bothered by some of the statuses the friends were posting, saying that they weren’t religious, but to keep praying. I have nothing against these people, or what their beliefs may be. I can understand how one can be put off by “religion” in of itself, and therefore cast a horrible eye towards anyone proclaiming he or she practices that “religion”. The thing I found interesting, though, was that in their moment of uncertainty about what was going to happen to this girl–some who don’t really claim any certain belief about God–were asking for prayers. Don’t misunderstand, I believe this is a beautiful thing. My point is just this: why does it have to take something tragic to get people to run to Jesus? I mean, logically, yes it makes sense–because they didn’t realize the need for Him before. But it never fails. In whatever tragic situation you could dream of, there will always be people at the end of their rope who decide as a last resort to ask for some divine help.

I just wish it didn’t take that; they don’t know what they’re missing. There is a God up there, who loves them and who has pursued them; a God over the whole universe, who wants a relationship with each of us; a God that lets us choose freely whether or not to follow Him.

This all reminded me of that Regina Spektor song, “Laughing With God, “ every time I saw a post about this tragedy.

No one laughs at God on the day they realize
That the last sight they’ll ever see is a pair of hateful eyes
No one’s laughing at God when they’re saying their goodbyes

But God can be funny
At a cocktail party when listening to a good God-themed joke, or
Or when the crazies say He hates us
And they get so red in the head you think they’re ‘bout to choke
God can be funny,
When told he’ll give you money if you just pray the right way
And when presented like a genie who does magic like Houdini
Or grants wishes like Jiminy Cricket and Santa Claus
God can be so hilarious

No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one laughs at God in a hospital
No one laughs at God in a war
No one laughing at God in hospital
No one’s laughing at God in a war
No one’s laughing at God when they’re starving or freezing or so very
poor

No one’s laughing at God
No one’s laughing at God
No one’s laughing at God
We’re all laughing with God