Saturday, March 7, 2009

Surprised By Joy

"Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10 NIV)

Each of these BLOGS I type are prayed over and God-directed. I don't put a word to paper without His direction, inspiration and guidance. And I have to admit, this entry caught me by surprise.

I was pleading with God over what was to be written next, and was asking for His direction. What serious, relevant topic did He want me to share with you? He directed me to get alone with Him, put on some Christian music in the background, look through some recent photo albums and meditate on what I see in those pictures of my family.

It's no secret that our family goes through seemingly endless trials. In fact, sometimes it becomes embarrassing for me to share our status with people because it's so unbelievable. I often get comments like, "C'mon!" or "Will it NEVER end?!"

Nevertheless, what I saw in those photo albums of ours was utter and complete joy. Whether it be one of the kids overflowing the tub with a mountain of bubbles, poses of the 5 of us at momentous occasions or a ridiculous snap of me recovering after knee surgery, I can't help but be filled with the thought of how immensely blessed our lives are.

In Nehemiah 8, he, the governor had just overseen the rebuilding of Jerusalem's walls. At an assembly of the people, Ezra, the priest, revealed afresh the Law of God, and those in attendance were moved to tears. Yet, a day of celebration was declared as a way of making this a sacred occasion.

You, like I, struggle with plenty. But can you hear your God calling you to be surprised by joy? Obeying the Law seemed an insurmountable task to those listening to Ezra. Raising a child with special needs often seems insurmountable to you and I. Even so, God invites you to celebrate. He wants that Maker-given joy to strengthen you. He never calls us to anything that He will not equip us for. And those moments of joy, treasuring the sweet things in our lives, no matter how small, are effective equipment indeed!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the kick to the head. I think God has been trying to tell me this for weeks. In Christ .TK