Don't I yearn for it to be mine?"*
I love simplicity, purity, words spoken to the point. Poetry and grandeur are nice, but when we can cut through the fluff and see the true core, it's captivating.
"Joy is God's life." In that simple phrase is expressed those same sentiments. My soul would very quickly like to analyze and theolo-gize my way out of its simplicity, but it can't. In all of God's workings how can I doubt that He does not in Himself possess pure joy?
Surely all the trials and the questions and hurts are only a prick on the skin as we lean in to grasp the most breathtaking rose- relationship with Him.
The more I grow as a person in Him, the more I learn that in Him truly is fullness of joy. A few years ago I [can I humbly say?] coined a phrase, "I've been learning that life's seasons are less about changing and more about becoming who we really are. It's a very pleasant surprise".
As I daily enjoy snuggles with my darling babe I can't help thinking about the overtaking joy that has come into my life by simply doing the things I was made to do. The same can be said as I sit here writing, as I cook a delicious meal, play music with our band, and in a very big way grow in relationship with my husband. Those are all things I was made to do, and so they bring me great joy. Instead of focusing on the dinner I have to make, or a diaper blow-out I have to clean up, or late late bedtime after a late late concert, I think about what a privilege I have been given to do the things I love.
Can I just post that in front of my eyes, Hebrew style?**
Joy can become my life when I choose it to be my life.
I've realized I take a lot of pictures of me kissing my baby. She's just so darling I can't help it.
*From One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp