Count It All Joy?
True confession: this is a challenging season of my life. My mom requires constant care as her dementia continues to progress, plus she lives with us. Enough said about that! My daughters need me only when they need me, and that is becoming less and less often (some might say that’s a good thing, and it really is, but I still miss the daily interaction with daughters in my home). My husband’s health is in decline as he strives to maintain a semblance of a healthy lifestyle but struggles with lung and heart issues. And yet God calls us to wake up each day with expectation and joy.
The verse comes to mind, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Truly, when we wake up in the morning, our first response needs to be one of wonder and awe at what the Lord has in store for us, rather than dreading what the day will bring and what circumstances might put us over the top.
I am memorizing a couple of verses from Isaiah 43:18,19 which have been speaking to my heart.
“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
God has been teaching me so much from these verses…first of all, I need to stop looking back at what life used to be or even what life could have been. So many times we want to either live in the past or try to replay the past into a different outcome: Oh, if only this, if only that…why didn’t it happen that way…God, where were you when I made that decision?…life used to be so good…I wish I hadn’t done it that way…and on and on.
But God’s telling me to stop remembering the former things, the things of old. He is going to do a new thing. He’s making a road in our wilderness and rivers in our desert. New things are springing forth, and I need to be looking for this with joy and expectation!
In fact, as soon as I start counting my blessings rather than feeling sorry for myself, I can tap into and appropriate that joy of the Lord which is already in my very core. I have a great family. I have my health. My Adorables light up my life. I love my job, ministry and the people I work with daily. I have the Lord in my life for goodness sake!
The challenges, nonetheless, are real for all of us. But we have a choice in how we will respond to life’s troubles, trials and circumstances. Count it all joy? Absolutely. The joy comes from knowing that God is in control and has me in the palm of His righteous right hand.
Have a great day today watching for that “new thing” the Lord is going to place in your life.