Halloween will soon be upon us. A night full of costumed children of all ages shrieking in the night as they search house to house, trunk to trunk, or store to store looking for treats,.preferably the good stuff. Full size chocolate candy bars. The mother lode for a trick or treater. 🙂
Whether it’s a neighborhood, a church, or a mall you’ll be trick or treating at this year, you can bet you’ll find a super hero, a princess, or a Pokémon among the mix. What you probably won’t find alot of this year is a clown.
Whether you’re scared to death of them or they give you the giggles, the creepy clown craze that has spread worldwide this year will more than likely put the demand for clown costumes right there with those of Jason and Freddy.
I personally have never cared much for clowns. It’s not that I’m afraid of them, I just don’t find them attractive or care for that kind of humor.
But they were not originally created to scare and threaten. They serve a purpose much greater than simply to entertain. Their purpose originated with the circus. The clown was sent in to distract the viewers when an unforseen tragic accident occurred such as someone falling from a trapeze or an animal harming a performer. They also can be found at the rodeo when an animal threatens the life of a rider. The rodeo clown distracts them, putting their own life at stake, as the rider escapes to safety. They are much more than comic entertainers intended to make people laugh.
Jesus too was sent in. Not to distract something else from hurting us, but to save us from hurting ourselves. With our own choices. Not to make us laugh, but to bring us to tears of joy and thankfulness for the gift of life. Eternal life.
I encourage each of you to be strong and courageous when they send in the clowns. When you face something that scares you. Choose Christ as your protection. He will be with you wherever you go. Not just on Halloween.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Love and laughter,