I've always wanted to write that. Truly, before I even became what some might called "saved", I thought that the born again Christians I knew were missing something. Like a reality check. Until I met the One who helped them through even the darkest days. Maybe a little like Paul in that prison cell...
Joy is a somewhat hard feeling to define. Happiness can come from winning the lottery, losing that last ten pounds, having your first born accepted at Yale University. But, joy, well...joy comes when you are going through cancer. When you step into the infusion room, or the "room of doom" as I liked to think of it, and transform it into a room of joy; By sharing how God was keeping you through the five strongest Chemos that your oncologist could give you.
It is there when you are driving your first born to the counselors because she can't handle another day of school under the weight of clinical depression. Knowing that you can be there for her and that there is a God who can and will deliver her from this darkness.
It is laying in bed on a medically imposed "bed rest" for your child who tries to come out of the womb too early when you really need to chase around after your three year old.
I can't explain it, really. Other than, it is a lightness when you should be down. It is the sense of comfort from a very real presence of the Holy Spirit when you should be frustrated.
Joy is the sense of "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". It is the driving force that gets us up every morning when it is raining for the umpteenth time in weeks and weeks of bad weather.
The joy of the Lord is our strength. I always wondered how you "tap" into true joy.
My husband, Sam and I have had long conversations about the people that we know who always seem to have a constant joy.
Those are the people who love their God well. What I mean to say by that is that they are consistently reading the bible, going to church and most importantly, serving others.
These are the true servants of a living God. Not the vapid, silly smiles on faces of people who want some money on the t.v. so that you can recieve a) healing b) money c) prosperity...
But, he also tells us that he will be with us in the process. You know what? When you look back on the loss of a loved one, that dreaded diagnosis, that troubled marriage~ can you see the mercy of God working it all out on your behalf? If not, take a step back, think on Him, rest when you can, and see the great things that he wants to do for you.
I pray that God will give you a vision for the wonderful future he has in store for everyone of you. No matter what troubles you are going through, there is a fullness of joy for you in the presence of your heavenly father.
Tap into it today.