What does joy mean to you?
A few weeks ago my family had an opportunity to drive up to Mount Charleston. It was a hot day in the valley, and it was so refreshing to take the kids somewhere that wasn’t 110 degrees!
We had a super fun trip playing in a little stream and wandering through the forest. One of the most memorable moments came soon after we arrived. We got out of the car, and our one year old son just started saying, “Wow!” He doesn’t know very many words, but at that moment he just wanted to express the wonder and awe he felt in his heart!
As we grow older, I know there are times we push our feelings down. Nothing surprises us. We can find ourselves living through another hot day wishing we were somewhere else. We complain. We get frustrated, and we do it all again tomorrow. However, this week we are talking about joy. Joy can break into our lives at any moment. We don’t need to wait for Christmas, Easter, or whenever this pandemic ends. Joy is present all around us if we open our hearts to God’s Grace.
Today I hope you can feel the wonder and awe of the moment. Sure, it is easy to find things to complain about. That list is never ending… However, God promises that Joy is present. Have you taken time to say thank you? Perhaps you can step back and just say, “Wow!”