Good Morning. I hope for you it is a good morning. For me, I woke up grumpy again. I have been to the doctor three times this week, and my back is still killing me. Well, not really killing me, but my joy has certainly been affected. Jim is getting on my last nerve. All the chores around the house that need to be done immediately (at least in my imagination) loom large in my mind. One thing I can do is sit in my easy chair with a heating pad on my back and write; however, because of my cranky attitude, writing about joy and hope seems artificial and phony. So how do I share good news on a not–so-good day?
Of course, God had a thump on the head for me. The above scripture came flooding through my consciousness. God is a God of hope. And that hope fills us with all joy. This back issue is not going to last forever. And if the pain were to remain, am I going to continue on with this attitude of poor-me? Our joy is not based on our day-to-day circumstances; sometimes I forget and need reminding.
Perhaps you woke this morning with a pain—physical, emotional, spiritual, even a relationship pain—sometimes people can be a pain-in-the. . . I was thinking pain-in-the-butt. Whatever ache you are experiencing will not last, I promise. God has an answer, a solution, a way out of any dilemma you may be encountering. And when we put our hope in Him, our joy returns—a full measure and overflowing. You and I need to take our eyes (and our minds) off the problem, and focus on Jesus. Do you truly want to experience joy? I do! Let’s change our focus. And the things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
Thank you God for your Word this morning,