Saturday, August 30, 2008

My Happy Place

MCDONALD’S? NOT! Wendy’s, maybe. The middle of a five mile run? Nope. The completion of a five-mile run? Definitely. Escargot and caviar? Not hardly. Spaghetti and meatballs? You bet! Afternoon television talk shows? You’ve got to be kidding. Monday Night Football? Bring it on!

We all have our happy places, places from which we gain a certain amount of enjoyment. Each of our happy places are more often determined by our personality, upbringing, likes and dislikes. These places in many ways wholly situational. For example; if I arrive at Wendy’s only to find they are out of chili and ice tea, well then my happy place quickly becomes my sad place.

As situational as my happiness may be, I am comforted to know that my joy, a joy that comes from God Himself, is not based in my circumstances. The joy of the Lord, to which the Scriptures refers, is a joy that comes deep within. In reality, it emanates from the very presence of the Holy Spirit who resides in the life of each believer in Jesus. It is a joy that comes from God’s strength within us (Nehemiah 8:10). It is a joy that remains firm even as we battle trials (James 1:2). It is a joy which can remain secure even in the face of death (Hebrews 12:2).

This joy is not just some warm-fuzzy-feeling. It is not laughter in the face of pain. This joy is the deep abiding awareness that the Lord, the Creator, the Sovereign of Eternity, is our God and our friend, and has promised to never leave us, nor forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6). It is a joy that arises from the knowledge that even though we will walk through the valley of the shadow of death, even there He will be with us, to guide us, and to see us safely through to the other side.

So, then my friend, wherever your happy place may be, be sure that your joy comes from the Lord.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say that I really agree with and "enjoyed" the things you shared about JOY. It's always good to be reminded of these things.