I definitely don’t have the time tonight to discuss all of this with the intensity that it deserves, so this is my general overview of the topic.
I believe, firmly, that God has a sense of humor. I believe we are created in His image, and we find lots of stuff funny.
And in general, our laughter can often be explained as a response we have when a situation that does not meet our expectations (and is therefore on some level threatening) turns out to be something by which we do not need to feel threatened. (If it is recognizably something by which we need to feel threatened, we don’t laugh about it.) In fact, two things I have read that I believe to be true even if I don’t have a lot of documented support: first, peek-a-boo is the finest example of our introduction to humor (SUDDEN APPEARANCE THAT I FIND STARTLING oh wait it’s Mommy what a relief that was FUN!)… and second, every culture in the world has their own version of peek-a-boo.
Ultimately, that helps me explain God’s sense of humor. He knows that we can find ourselves in all sorts of threatening situations, but in the end, we’re in His hands and we don’t have to feel threatened.
We may not recognize it at all times… but in a way, our whole lives are kind of God playing a sort of cosmic peek-a-boo with us.
I must think on this more.