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The Laughter Plant. That’s not what it is, but that’s what I call it. It’s an Orange Star flowering plant that I got my mom for Mother’s Day one year. When it was in bloom, it was covered with bright orange flowers that looked like laughter. I painted a pot and put on it the words, “Laughter is the music of the heart.” I transplanted it into the new pot and it was given as a Mother’s Day gift. It stayed in bloom for a while, but then the flowers faded and it withered and died. At least it looked like it had died, but it hadn’t. It came back, sprouted up with a new green shoot. It seems to make a career out of fading and coming back to life. The other day I was thinking about the real life correlation. The Laughter Plant hits tough times; it withers and dies. We feel like it’s gone forever and we’ll never be able to regain the beautiful orange blossoms of laughter and hope. That’s where we’re wrong, though. The Laughter Plant has a way of coming back to life.
Psalm 30:5 says, “Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning.”
When we go through a hard time like facing loss or some other situation that sends us into the abyss of despair, let’s remember that verse. Let’s remember that with Jesus, we always have hope. Let’s remember never to give up on hope. Let’s remember that even in the black, cold, storming night that the morning will come and we’ve just got to wait for it and then the sun will come out and the orange blossoms of The Laughter Plant will bloom again.
Some people give up in the night and wander around in the darkness refusing to let the morning come. Then instead of experiencing the joys and beauty of life, they wallow in sorrow and storm. All they have to do is round the corner and greet the new day, feel the golden warmth of the sun permeate through their being and inhale the beauty of the blossoms. Now tell me…which would you really rather do? Don’t stay trapped in the storms of night. Embrace the dawn, imbibe the hope offered in Jesus, partake in the joys of life, love, and laughter. The blooms may have faded for a moment, but The Laughter Plant will sprout up again.
“…suffering produces perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope: and hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)
“For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, that the tender branch of it will not cease. Though its root grows old in the earth, and its stock dies in the ground, yet through the scent of water it will bud, and sprout boughs like a plant.” (Job 14:7-9)
Lord, give us strength for life’s wear and tear,
For the hard times that blot out the light.
Grant us peace in You and hope in the morning that comes after the night,
“rejoicing in hope; enduring in troubles; continuing steadfastly in prayer” (Romans 12:12)