In my experience, inside jokes are the best ones. It’s the stuff that’s only funny to you and one or two other people. It’s usually pretty silly, and it makes absolutely no sense to anyone who wasn’t involved. It’s stuff that actually means something because it’s born out of a “you-had-to-be-there” moment you’ve shared.
I have inside jokes with God. Yup, I said it.
Well, I have one inside joke with God, I guess, not really multiples. You know what it is? Psalm 46:10. That’s it.
What makes it an inside joke is that it’s only funny to God and me. You probably didn’t see the hilarity, did you? But it makes me chuckle every time. It was a verse that God gave me a few years ago when I was impatiently praying for something that — hey — I’m still praying for today. “Be still and know that I am God.”
I shrugged it off in that prayer time without thinking anything of it, but then I started seeing it everywhere. In devotionals. In songs. As the verse of the day in my email. It was crazy! And that was when I knew that God was totally pranking me. He wasn’t going to let me get by without picking up on the joke we were sharing. Hey, Hannah! Be still! Know that I’m God! You rascal! (He might not have said all of that.)
To this day, I still smile when I see it. It might be because I’m still waiting for that thing that I was praying for way back when. It’s become an inside joke with God and me. When I’m feeling impatient, he tells me to be still. It’s a reminder that I’m being silly because everything is in his hands. It’s become one of those things where I’m sure God is looking down and saying, “Ohhh, you,” with a warm smile because he knows I’m overreacting to something he’s got under control.
Whenever I see that verse, I know God is smiling back at me, his impatient daughter. We laugh together about it, I’m sure. I remind myself to be still and know that he is God. I know I probably won’t ever master being still until I’m in heaven with him, so this is one enduring inside joke, let me tell you. It might seem silly, but that’s the point of inside jokes, right? Maybe you had to be there.
Do you have any inside jokes with God? Verses you see everywhere that hit way too close to home? A song on the radio? Something else? Let me know in the comments!