Life is just interesting.
All types of twists and turns.
Some of them easy. Some of them hard.
Sometimes you find yourself in an oasis~ a little pool of cool water near a waterfall. Those times are full of fun, laughter, and play. We find joy.
Sometimes you find yourself on a path that's not clearly marked. There are high brushes to walk through, stickers that get stuck to your shoes, but mostly you just have no clue where you are going and everything just seems hard. More than anything you just want to find a clear spot- no matter how small- so that you might at least have a moment of relief. Those times are full of frustration.
Sometimes you find yourself on a clear path, but it's got a lot of obstacles in the way. Injury, loss, rivers and hills... a storm. Sometimes there are ways to go around the obstacles but many times you just have to go through them no matter how uncomfortable or inconvenient it is. Those times are full of hardship.
Some times you find yourself in the dark... unable to see what lurks beyond the small circle of light that's in your presence. You can hear noises but can't see where they come from leaving your imagination to roam free. Those are the times that bring fear or worry.
But here comes my favorite part....
Though it's dark every night- the sun always shines in the morning. Offering hope.
Though there are often many obstacles and sometimes suffering- we'll always learn something as we face them. Offering revelation and wisdom.
Though our path isn't always clear- we often find unexpected pleasures- or place of relief. Offering revival and strength.
Sure, it would be lovely is our whole life could be in an oasis, with no confusion, obstacles, suffering or worry. But God didn't design our life to work that way. He created us to experience it all. It might seem like joy can only be found in the oasis times of life- those are the easiest!
But we find joy in hope. We find joy when the light does come and we see how God brought us through it and met our needs. We find joy in wisdom- joy in understanding that's God's perfect will and plan for our life is so great that we can't even comprehend it- joy in the wisdom of who God is. And we find joy in the strength we receive from Christ. Joy in knowing that because the spirit of Christ Jesus lives inside of us- we have HIS power running through us and we can get through anything that may come.
Life is full of twists and turns.
Some of the easy. Some of them hard.
BUT if Christ is your savior than joy can abound in all of those twists and turns!
Yes, life is interesting.
"Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." ~ Acts 2: 38
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16