I have been working a lot lately, so when I come home, I just kind of zonk out and recently have not been writing too much. But I had to share this one that came to me the other day while I was at work (of course ~ since I’m always there!)
Have you ever been in a funk and totally zoned out? Perhaps standing in a line at a register waiting to be checked out, and a baby catches your eye and smiles at you? In a split second, you are transported to a place of innocent joy between you and that smiling baby. You smile back only to receive an even bigger smile. At that moment, nothing else matters, not bills, being late for an important date, or even what has you really worried. It is as if God Himself, reached down to hug you. The innocent exchange reminds you of bigger things. Maybe even a glimpse of a speck of what heaven will be like. Nothing but innocent joy.
The other day I was ouside at work. Even though I work in a beautiful piece of God’s country where squirrels scamper just inches away and birds sing to me as I do my job, I feel a bit like Cinderella having to clean out the chimney, (in my case tubs) waiting for my Prince to rescue me.
(after all of my work… they look like this…)
I have to climb up and down hills all day long, and under hot tubs that might have snakes and spiders where I have to go. And I have to admit that I don’t always stop to smell the flowers as I head under each tub.
I asked God to give me something profound as I walked around the other day in a particular funk. And I amost heard His voice as He gave me:
“The joy of the Lord is my strength”.
Wow!! It was such an intense and fast answer that it brought quick tears to my eyes. I asked for more and was given the vision of how I love to make people laugh. Particularly people who I respect, like my dad or a person that I place a little above myself. And I realized that laughter translates into joy and giving joy is empowering. Hence; maybe the same goes for the meaning of strength in the verse God gave to me? I pondered a bit more. (Funny how if you stay focused, God will talk to you as long as you talk back and sometimes even when you don’t!) I realized that desiring to give God JOY is my strength. When I know that I know that I know that my heart is only wanting to make God “laugh” or make Him proud or happy, I am as strong as Samson!
I have been feeling blue lately and disappointed by people. From the time I was young I’ve had a habit of looking up to people; Teachers, Politicians, men and women of God. And ultimately have discovered that they are all human. And unfortunately, all eventually succumb to pride and prejudice in their own ways. And maybe that is a good thing. Because when I start to admire someone too much, I usually am disappointed. I have just begun to learn that it is not fair to them. No one is ever going to not disappoint me. No one but God that is. And so my focus should be finding my strength in His joy!
A black cloud followed me
as I walked out my front door.
Grumbling, I got in my car
thinking I couldn’t take much more!
The day seemed to move slowly
and it lasted way too long,
counting the hours, I wondered
what else could possibly go wrong?
Suddenly I realized
I hadn’t started out in prayer.
Nor invited YOU my Lord
to follow me anywhere…
And so I stopped everything
as I bowed my head to pray,
finally inviting You
into what was left of my long day.
Funny how the traffic didn’t seem
to bother me anymore,
and when I stopped to pick up groceries
a stanger held my door.
And I knew you’d heard my prayer
after standing in line a while,
when that baby caught my eye
and gave me the biggest smile!
That’s when I knew YOU gave to me,
a sample of YOUR grace,
and showed me that the Joy of the Lord
truly is my strength!