Those two words normally don’t make to much sense together right? But, in our Christian faith I have been learning that they actually can co-exist at the exact same time and when they do it is such a beautiful picture of Jesus in our lives.
This morning I woke up to some news that in the moment made me so sad. I sat there for a minute, I tried to go back to sleep but I just could make my mind stop wandering and questioning… ever been there? So I decided that instead of waking up Bobby and Todd (Todd is the dog….. 😁) I would get out of bed and spend some time with Jesus and in His Word.
There is something about His Word and intentionally seeking after His presence that immediately overflowed Joy into my heart. In the midst of my sadness there was great joy. In the midst of my sadness my heart just wanted to read the Psalms and praise Him just like David did… no matter his circumstance. In the midst of my sadness, His Joy is greater.
Does that mean that I am just fine and no longer sad? No. I am still a human… and a woman… so there’s that. We love us some emotions! What it does mean is that I can be sad but I can also have Joy, at the exact same time. Joy does not equal happiness. We are taught at such a young age that the opposite of happy is sad. We then somewhere along our journey begin to think that Joy and Happiness are the same. They are not. Happiness is based on our feelings, emotions and circumstances. Joy comes from knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord. There is not a circumstance that can change that.
If today maybe you find yourself feeling sad, stressed, anxious, lonely… you fill in the blank, I encourage you to take a moment and sit in His presence. Open the word, read a Psalm. Being praising God for who is. I promise you that His Joy will overflow your heart. His Joy will help you stand back up and face your day in the midst of your circumstances or feelings. He is good. He is good. He is always good. If you have no other words just repeat those over and over again over your situation. He has so much more in store for us than we can imagine. We just need to shift our focus from our feelings and circumstances and learn how to live in His joy & peace that He has given us! It’s already there and freely available to you right now! You can choose today to walk out the rest of your day being sad (or whatever feeling you put in the blank above) or you can choose today to walk in His peace and joy in the midst of whatever it is you are going through. Today I chose to walk in His peace and joy and trust that He is good. Because He is.
Here are some verses that encouraged me this morning: ” I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.” ~ Psalm 16:8 NLT
” We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. ” ~ Proverbs 16: 1 NLT
” Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. ” ~ Proverbs 16:3 NLT
“Who stood up for me against the wicked? Who took my side against evil workers? If God hadn’t been there for me, I never would have made it. The minute I said, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,” your love, God, took hold and held me fast. When I was upset and beside myself, you calmed me down and cheered me up. ” ~ Psalm 94:19 MSG
In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. ~ Psalm 94:19 KJV