Gal. 5:22:. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
It was storming at our house last night, and the kids slept in our bed with me. (Poor daddy got booted out)
At some point in the night I woke up with something under my cheek. I discovered it was my daughter’s stuffed toy, named Joy. She had brought Joy with her to the sleepover to help her not be afraid.
Sometimes we don’t naturally feel joy. Storms: death, doctor reports, sickness, relationship problems, failed plans…lots of things can zap our joy. The stuffed doll reminded me that sometimes we have to choose to take joy with us.
In those moments when joy seems impossible or unattainable, we might just have to have the faith that we will feel it again.
The verse tells us that joy is fruit of the Spirit. That is evidence that if we want to feel joy again, we need to stay plugged in to the source.
Weeping may be all we have for a bit, but as Ps. 30:5 says, joy comes in the morning. It may take a little longer than we expected, but staying connected to the Lord, will ensure that we will feel joy again.
Don’t give up the hope of joy. Just like my daughter carried her joy with her during the storm last night, take God with you wherever you go, He is the one that supplies the joy.
Don’t let go,