Finding Joy

Perhaps it is a journey. A path one follows. A life direction. Choices. Habits. Thoughts.

Joy–It’s a deep hunger–my greatest desire–a desperate passion.

What is this thing I seek so passionately? Is it something that is found, like a sea shell? One moment I’m joyless; the next moment my life is flooded?

Or is it more like love–creeping up on one, until “I was in the middle of it before I knew that I had begun” (Pride and Prejudice chapter 60)?

Or perhaps it is a journey. A path one follows. A life direction. Choices. Habits. Thoughts.

But what choices? What thoughts? What habits?

If life is path, what path do I follow? Success? Money? Prestige? Do those paths lead to joy?

Or is there another path–narrow, deserted, and hard–less appealing than the others. The path to life.

“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy.”

Joy. An “Intense and ecstatic or exultant happiness” (The American Heritage Dictionary). Happiness taken to a whole new level. Ecstatic. God has promised that kind of happiness when I seek His presence.

He doesn’t promise it will be easy. There are no guarantees of success, or fame, or money. In fact, it may be downright hard!

But when I seek his presence–through prayer, worship, or meditating on His Word–I will find “fullness of joy.” It’s a promise. Joy will come!img_6815

 

 

 

 

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