Joy Comes In the Morning
Being home is hard for me. It's not that I don't like home or the people that make this place home. I just struggle with finding contentment while home. Mainly, I don't really have a "job" or a purpose. During these long breaks, my main job is resting hard in between semesters. If you've been keeping up with this blog, then you know that I struggle with resting physically and spiritually.
Well, I've had plenty of time to rest over the past few weeks. Too much time to rest. In fact, I'm quite restless.
The fact that I pulled my back a week ago didn't really help my restless soul. In fact, it taught me a lot of lessons about joy, contentment, humility, and the value of a family that loving cares for you despite your silly injury.
But thanks to my injury, I've been stuck in the house for a week. The past few weeks here have been pretty dreary weather-wise, and I couldn't remember the last time I saw the sun.
And thanks to my injury, I missed a week of church, and I didn't realize how much I missed and needed real live fellowship until yesterday. Church was a sweet balm to my aching soul after a week of being an invalid.
Even though Christ alone is the only one that will bring me true joy and contentment, sometimes I just long for sunshine and fellowship.
So I started praying for these things, and the Lord graciously removed the gray clouds today, letting sunshine fill my room at home, and He provided sweet fellowship with a friend from school.
He also prompted me to start reading this little book below, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23. I'm only halfway, but I love it already! A man who spent most of his adult life being a shepherd goes verse by verse through Psalm 23 and shows the Good Shepherd's love and care towards his flock. It's a great read!
After a few weeks of dreary darkness, this morning's light, time with Jesus, fellowship, and time in a good book was refreshing and much needed.
Like King David in Psalm 30, I cried out to the Lord, and He brought me joy in the morning.
I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up
and have not let my foes rejoice over me
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
O Lord, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
1/24/2015 01:42:34 pm
Hello Madi, you mentioned how that "even though Christ alone is the only one that will bring [you] true joy and contentment, sometimes [you] just long for sunshine and fellowship". Can we still be complete in joy when we don't have that fellowship and unable to obtain for long periods of time?
That's a great question, Sam! And one that I often ask myself. The Bible says that ultimately the Lord is the only one who can give abundant and satisfying life and joy (John 10:10, John 4:13-14) Christian should expect that at some point in his/her life they might experience a season that feels like a desert, devoid of fellowship and community and lack of "sunshine", but that ultimately the Lord is with us in those seasons, showing us that he is the only one that can bring us true life. That being said, I think the Bible is still clear the community and fellowship are important. God even created Eve so that Adam wouldn't be alone. To answer your question, we can still be complete in joy in Christ in seasons where fellowship and community are sparse, and God provides during those seasons, but fellowship and community are important in helping us to grow. So we should look and pray for community and fellowship, but also not rely on them to bring us true joy.
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