Most of us are naturally impatient and do not like waiting for anything. In this world, in these uncertain times, we face many dangers, trials, unstable economies, war, diseases, starvation, relationship problems, financial distress, the list goes on… however, our expectations are seldom met, often changed by things completely out of our control, and so, we are often forced to spend time reflecting on what might have been. I pray this post will help you discover the joy of waiting for everything to come in it’s right season.
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A lot has been written about the difficulties and heartaches we face in life as we journey through this world ‘regarded as a scene of trouble or sorrow.’ Whether Christian or not,there is no promise of an easy ride. 7 Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward (Job 5:7). Jesus is also clear when speaking with His disciples 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble (John 16:33). There are the days that seem a bit dull, those plodding routine days when nothing much seems to happen; depending on our natures; we may find these days as comforting, or reassuring, or boring, or dreary.
On the bright side of life (reminds me of a song by Eric Idle) there are days that stand out like a beacon in a dark sky, the great days and holidays, the celebrations, the reunions, births, celebrations and weddings. The days that make priceless memories when we can laugh and dance, sing and shout and celebrate with all our might, just as David celebrated:
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs. Psalm 100:1-2.
Here’s how it works, I believe. We need to have the stormy days so we can enjoy the sunshine when it comes. Same as the dull days are needed to bring into sharp focus the joy of the great days. We do not always understand why things happen as they do because our perspective is not the same as God’s perspective.
There is always joy to be found in the little everyday things of life, even on the worst of days. A cheerful teller at the supermarket till. A baby’s first smile. The comfort of a purring cat on your lap. Coffee with a friend. A new book to read. The smell of bacon cooking in the morning. The list is endless. You just have to listen for them, see them, the same as you have to listen out for God’s voice.
The angels in heaven shouted for joy when God created the world. Jesus had joy in His heart which He wanted us all to share. The disciples were filled with joy at the coming of the Holy Spirit. God delights in us and He wants us to delight in Him.