I Still Have Joy
When was the last time you had a song stuck in your head? Do you remember what the song was? Isn’t it interesting when that happens, regardless how much you try, you cannot can get the song to leave your head. It’s Friday, and I still have a song stuck in my head since Sunday. However, this time it is not a bad thing. I see it as a reminder from God on how we are to walk in this life. As much as we would like it to be trouble free with no disappointments, we all know that is certainly not the case. Heartaches and troubles are a part of our earthly existence. So I go, from moment to disappointing moment, singing in my head and reminding myself “I still have Joy.” The thought of having the joy of the Lord to carry us in these times, is what God has been trying to get us to understand. He is with us in every moment. In every heartache. In every disappointment, and he covers all of them with his immeasurable joy. I was gazing out the window today as the rain came pouring down in buckets. In that moment I was on the phone receiving word, the preliminary decision from Emma’s court case was, in two months Emma is being returned to her birth parents. It was a very surreal moment because the rain outside emulated the tears of disappointment in my heart. We asked God on Wednesday night in our time of prayer to take control of the situation and to protect Emma regardless the outcome; and I believe he will do this. As we all struggle to choke down this decision, let us remember God works in ways that are beyond our understanding and things often turn out in ways we could never have imagined. It comforts me to know God is in control and will work this out. As for us, it’s because of our God that we still sing “after all the things we have been through, we still have joy!”
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