Joy. Choose It or Lose It . . .

cracked sidewalk“God will one day hold us each accountable for all the things He created for us to enjoy, but we refused to do so.”  – Rabbanic Saying

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”  (1 Timothy 6:17)

I don’t claim this “Rabbanic Saying” above to be a deep, theological truth, but I do believe that we who are living in this twenty-first century,  have a tendency to get so caught up in our quest for the “good life,”  that we miss much of what God has created for our enjoyment.  Whether we find ourselves frantically pacing on a treadmill of endless activity,  or crawling through an emotionally or spiritually  dry,  desert place, there will always be a slice of joy  to be found . . . Deep, restorative breaths  in our  “workout,” perhaps preventing our “burnout.”    An oasis in our desert,  providing refreshment and relieving our  “dryness.”  Truth be known,  if we took the time to breathe deeply and drink them in more often,  our emotional and spiritual health would be in a much better state.  Look around,  and you will find something beautiful.   Something God has provided just for your enjoyment!

So what if its raining!   Stop and watch the raindrops sparkle as they drizzle down the window.  And how about a rainbow?  Now that’s a by-product of a shower,  is it not?  One that even comes with a promise from God!  “Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds,  I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.”  (Genesis 9:14-15)  Look at the billowy  white clouds floating across the sky.  Have you ever seen two that were exactly alike?  Who but God could have created such a thing?   Watch one of those clouds as it settles on the peak of a lofty mountain.  Magnificent!   Have you ever really looked at the structure of a flower and thought about the miracle of  its reproduction?   Only God.  But beauty isn’t restricted to the visual.  The next time that you are outdoors, close your eyes for a moment, and just listen.  Do you hear that symphony of song coming from the birds of the air?   Or sit down by a babbling brook.  It has a song all it’s own.  Where’s that water coming from?  Going to?  When you’re looking at the intricacy of that beautiful bloom,  notice its pleasant scent.  I know women who pay big bucks for a small bottle of liquid fragrance that doesn’t  even come close to reproducing the original.  But God.  OK.  I may be just a bit biased here,  but how about the feel of a warm, fuzzy puppy nestled in your arms? Or a sweet little kitten?  If you’re not into critters,  how about curling up with your favorite soft , cuddly  afghan or blanket?  Feels good, doesn’t it?

God has given us our senses  to enable us to experience and enjoy all He has created!   What a pity when we allow time and circumstances to keep us from turning our engines off long enough “to smell the roses.”    His Word says,  “O  taste and see that the Lord is good!”   (Psalm 34:8)

“You have already given everything we need for our enjoyment, Lord.  Thank you.  Help us to not ignore your gifts,  but to choose to take time each day to delight in all that you have so graciously provided.  As we do, we will surely see Your hand at work,  and ‘rejoice with a joy unspeakable and full of glory!’ ”  (1 Peter 1:8)

“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”  (Psalm 118:24) Loving the view from here . . .

About Peg

I am privileged to be the happy wife of my godly husband John, and blessed to be the mother of three daughters, and Grammy to six granddaughters and one grandson. We enjoy our life here in the Mt. Washington Valley of NH. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and having been saved by His grace, seek to follow Him daily as I pass through this earth on my way to eternity. Along the journey, I take great pleasure in my family, music, writing, fiber arts and all things creative!
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