JOY

by on December 13, 2016

When was the last time you went outdoors and just had some plain old fun?  Maybe a snowball fight or you made a snowman, or did something really silly like put candles in a snow cake.  Yup that’s what we did last night.  Though the snow wasn’t sticky enough for a snowman, my hubby and I were definitely able to have a little snowball fight.  And boy did we laugh.  It was incredible to have some fun, laugh a lot, and add a little joy to our evening.  When we were done, Maurice commented on the “snow cake” that had settled on our outdoor table and of course the kid in me needed to find the candles.  

There is pure joy in the opportunity to enjoy God’s creation.  Sometimes we need to dust off the child within to fully experience the majesty of what God has created for our pleasure.  I’ve noticed when I approach God with a more childlike wonder, I can see Him in new and amazing ways.  Sometimes I think our constraints of being an “adult” prevents us from noticing His presence each day.  

As we lit the candles last night on our “snow cake,” I began to think about the illumination of the light of the candles and faith.  Jesus had such love and patience for the little children. He welcomed them even when He was at His busiest.  “But Jesus called the children to him and said, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16)  Sometimes it can help to come with childlike faith to Jesus, putting aside the need to have everything defined in advance, and simply let the love He has for us wash over us.  I have learned if I let the “adult” expectations go and approach Him with the openness of a child, He meets me right where I’m at, and fills me anew with His light and love.  Sometimes this is when my faith is strengthened the most.

When you look at your day, don’t you need to be filled anew with His light?  Especially as we approach Christmas, I am finding I need Him more and more each day.  

The demands of being an adult can draw our attention away from the presence of Jesus in our lives if we allow it, and it can at times suck the joy right out of us. I’ve really needed to take time to chew on that statement and make some changes in the way I approach my days.  If we take a moment to approach Him with the faith of a child, reaching out to grab on to His promises, He will provide all we need to go through our day.  Even more than that, He will open our eyes to see Him at work around us which in turn will strengthen our faith.  Joy is found in the presence of Jesus, but joy is also found as we open our eyes to look for Him at work around us.  

As we look to Jesus with a new set of eyes we have the most amazing opportunity to express our joy in Him by sharing His light and love with others. The joy we find in Jesus will radiate out from us and people will notice. 

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12)

As a follower of Jesus, His light is in you, ready to illuminate your daily living.  Come to Him today with the eyes of a child, put aside your “expectations”  and experience His love with a fresh sense of wonder and joy.  His light will fill you so you can share His love with those you dearly love.   

I pray He fills you with a new found sense of joy in His love for you and that His light shines through you with childlike wonder.


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