He whispers JOY, and oh how I’ve searched for it!
Not the fleeting kind that comes and goes with life’s unpredictable circumstances, but the kind of joy that dances straight through the middle of valleys and leaps on top of mountains.
Rejoice and be glad.
This isn’t the tentative hand-clapping to a lively song on a Sunday morning or the excitement that rises at the prospect of a new adventure. This is the kind of joy that leaps and dances and shouts at all times.
As the first rays of light creep steadily over the horizon I sit with my bible and find these words:
|You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever. ~ Psalm 16:11 (NASB)|
I’ve looked for joy in a lot of places, assuming it must be well hidden and I simply had to look harder. But the Bible tells us exactly where to find it.
In Your presence is fullness of joy.
He bounces the ball loud in the kitchen as I’m cooking breakfast and making lunches and trying desperately to get out the door on time. The ball flies across the counter, scattering dishes as it goes. Under my breath these words again and again, In Your presence is fullness of joy.
God is here in this moment, so joy can be found here too.
The wind whips cruel and she cries as we wait in the schoolyard for the bell to ring. In Your presence is fullness of joy.
God is here in this moment. Joy is here too.
Magical flakes fill the sky and turn our green world white. Such beauty. In Your presence is fullness of joy.
Joy is here in this moment, so God can be found here too.
We are late and the boy bangs his tooth and the little one whines. In Your presence is fullness of joy.
God, here in this moment, brings joy.
Throughout the day, whispered in response to the good and the bad, the truth about joy lifts me and shifts my focus heavenward.