Joy is Coming
I was looking for something the other day and couldn't find it. When I say I looked, I really looked. I unpacked totes, looked through closets and drawers, retraced my steps several times and couldn't for the life of me figure out where it went. I looked in the places it should have been over and over again, hoping that I had overlooked it or that it was hidden by something else. Growing frustrated I sat down and thought about where it could be. I wanted to give up because I felt like I would never find it.
Psalm 30:5 tells us weeping may endure but joy comes. Think about that promise. Weeping (sadness, grief, unrest, disappointment, depression) is likely, might be there, is a possibility. But JOY IS COMING! That means it will take place, occur, happen. Joy has no choice but to come into our lives. Sometimes it just shows up and other times we have to look for it like we look for our misplaced keys or phone. You will tear up your whole house looking for those keys, and do you know why? Because you can't go anywhere until you find them. (Wow!) Imagine the desperate search and how we will turn over the couch cushions, go through pockets, purses, bags, drawers...we will literally look everywhere. Now just imagine if we put that level of desperate searching toward finding the joy that God promised us! Then imagine how much easier it is to move forward and the relief you will feel once you know it's there.
That particular day, I didn't find what I was looking for but I still found peace. Toward the end of last year there were several weeks that I absolutely could not find joy. Because I belong to the Lord, I knew I would find it, or it would find me, but I didn't know when or how. Once I started moving things around and made a conscious effort to focus on it, joy was there. It never left but was covered up by layers of life's happenings. Weeping did endure for many days, but God's grace and strength pulled me through until I was standing in His peace and joy.
Nehemiah 8:10 reminds us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. It's a sure thing. It is what it is - truth. Choose joy today and stay focused on the promises of God. Weeping may, but joy is. (Somebody should put that on a t-shirt)