I read a devotional this morning on the topic of joy and it brought me to tears. It’s funny to me how a devotional on joy can bring a person to tears. Yet, so often in life it’s beauty that breaks my heart open just as frequently as sorrow.
“What is joy? Joy can never be induced, cranked up or made to happen. It’s something that has to find us precisely within our ordinary, duty-bound, burdened, full-of-worries, and pressured lives…And as CS Lewis puts it, it has to surprise you. You can’t find joy, it has to find you…Joy is always the by-product of something else… Joy will come to us if we set about actively trying to create it for others.” Ronald Rolheiser
Joy, it can find us in the most painful, heart-wrenching times of our lives. Joy, it’s more powerful than the dark. Joy, it pursues us and suddenly reminds us of this profound beauty that is constantly present but our hearts and souls easily and frequently lose sight of it.
Joy, it’s that SONlight that breaks through the darkness and warms us, calms us, and fills us at just the perfect time. Joy it’s the thousand little ways our Creator gives us glimpses of His glory and it makes our heart ache because that glimpse is more beautiful than words could ever describe. Joy, it’s suddenly being reminded that life is about this holy moment we are living right now and, yet, simultaneously infinitely bigger than this holy moment we are living right now.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ” Romans 15:13
“As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love. If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love.“I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you. John 15:9-12