Last week I had a minor outpatient surgical procedure on my toe. For the first two nights, I was awakened by throbbing pain in the middle of the night. On the first night, I attributed it to the anesthesia wearing off. The second night it happened was more perplexing since I had walked all day with relatively no pain. I went to bed on the third night anticipating be awakened by the same pain but at the same time hoping that I wouldn’t. I’m happy to say I awoke refreshed after having slept through the night…with no pain. My first thought was one of awareness that it was all good when I opened my eyes and before my feet hit the floor.
As we continue on this journey to joy, it occurred to me that perhaps, in the same way, I was aware of and could count with great detail the nights of waking up with pain. But what if we had the same awareness of joy? What if I became a joy seeker…one who looks for joy in everything and everywhere? Could it be possible that there is joy all around, even in the midst of everything else? The Bible says it is.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
Jesus was able to see past his present situation because he looked past the present to the future. He was not limited in the view of what he could see but expanded his view to what was to be.
…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
My challenge today is to be aware of the joy I see around me today through Jesus’ eyes. I’m counting it all joy…I mean really counting the joyful moments. I hope you’ll join me!
- I experienced joy with my online devotional group study this morning. These four women are always supporting, encouraging and caring.
- The mom with the two little boys at breakfast at IHOP. The little one really enjoyed his pancakes and sausage and even wanted to join the family in the next booth.
- The joy of the 93-year-old matriarch in our church who stood up to share her testimony about feeling thankful to wake up this morning and feel good enough to drive herself to church.
- The college student home for the summer who was overjoyed to work in ministry this morning.
- The joy of the four high school graduates recognized today who are excited about going into the next phase of their lives.
- The joy that comes from thinking about the little girls who will wear the sundresses I made today as part of my sorority’s global service project. (Although the joy was replaced by frustration when I had to rip the seams out from doing it wrong the first time!)
- My favorite joy moment always…sitting on the back porch after the sun has set listening to music and reading.
Change your perspective friends and count your joys instead! Until tomorrow…enjoy the journey to joy!