What if we could start over again? What would it look like to wipe the slate clean, rewind time and take out the flaws and failings of our lives?
Sadly, we would soon discover that the fault lies within. A flawed heart means faulty choices and actions. An unredeemed mind leads us into toxic thinking and bad behaviour.
And only God can fully address humanity’s needs and offer us a fresh start when we place our faith in Jesus Christ. We can begin again by God’s grace.
Then each day becomes opportunity for starting over. Each hour breathes out potential of the barely begun.
When I reflected on this season, it became clear that I’ve been stuck in a ditch of discouragement for several weeks. Led by my feelings and fast losing any joy I had before.
I wondered why joy was so elusive, where God was in the midst of my distress, why I couldn’t seem to get out of this cycle.
There were no pat answers. But God gently urged me to write a bit about joy, little snippets He whispered during my prayer times.
It seems joy is like a bright light glimpsed in the distance and we often miss the fact it’s also shining in us.
It felt elusive until I realised it doesn’t depend on my feelings at all. Because joy is a gift of grace weaving through our painful circumstances and giving us hope in dark places.
Once we realise how joy is always hovering close by, then we can start to discover it in numerous ways, such as: a slow unfolding realisation of its presence, a heart’s gratitude, an attitude of praise, a smile from a loved one, laughter bubbling up, a beautiful view, hearing God speak comfort into our weary souls.
How have you discovered or rediscovered joy hiding in plain sight? I’d love you to share in the comments below.
I’ve found that joy is a choice. As we read God’s word, receive and believe it, we start to notice how the life of faith is a series of conscious decisions we make every day. And we can waken to that hope with each new dawn.
Friends, I’m sorry for being missing here for a while. Too much life slowed me to a standstill. Thank you for your grace and patience. ❤