Isn't it amazing how our God invites us into His world by dropping little hints hidden in a wide variety of places? As I've noted on our blog, Love for the L.O.T., I am really trying (with an emphasis on trying) to grow in my relationship with Him. I am fumbling, quite clumsily, through different avenues, with hurried eyes, anxious to know the next detail, another thread to the story. His story. My story.
The most recent "ah-ha" moment that I've encountered came in this miniscule three-letter word. A word I've heard, read, and bypassed more than enough times. This time; however, I didn't skim over it. In fact, I hung on each letter, and have for a few weeks now. This "ah-ha" didn't reveal much other than this word. But it has carried with it a new reason for me to search His face.
Let me take you down the first path that introduced me to one of my new favorite words.
A friend of mine recommended a book to me over lunch one day. She said that it had really impacted her thinking. I, myself, need my thoughts to be a little rattled.
Off I went to put my sinner hand on its pristine pages.
I'll say this. I am by no means filled with this word that He speaks to my heart. ALL. THE. TIME. I'm probably not welcoming the mere idea of joy even 50 percent of the time. Now I know that that is probably an exaggeration. But, I have lots of room for improvement. I am also not declaring that I am the least bit sullen. It's a stage of moving forward, bettering myself as He wants me. As I said before, I'm in the dark as to why He's flooded my life with little ole' joy. But I am riding that word as long as I can; hanging onto the reins and hoping it will lead me somewhere closer to Him.
The reason I preface all this with the fact that I am not too familiar with this word is perhaps for the simple reason that maybe I haven't clung to it when I should have. I'll be the first to admit, when times were tough, I may have opted to give myself a pity party or sulk in my mess. These three letters bring about a different light.
They provide an alternate route.
Instead of sitting in misery, why not jump into JOY?
The chapter that revealed Joy is titled: A Word to Live By...and Die By.
Joy leapt from the pages and has made its home in my soul.
"Joy is always possible."
How blunt? How perfect? "Joy is always possible." Even in the depths and darkness, we can find it. It is there. Joy.
"The Holy Grail of joy is not in some
mountain peak experience. The joy wonder could be here!
Here in the messy, piercing ache of now,
joy might be---unbelievably---
The only place we need see
before we die is this
place of seeing
here and now."
I'll leave you with that today. I am going to continue to post on this life altering word; joy. I've seen it in the most unexpected locations. Joy is, literally, written throughout my days. I hope you stay tuned to read where else it has shown its beautiful message.
Thanks for stopping in to read!