Let the whole earth sing to the Lord ! Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
1 Chronicles 16:23 NLT
O Lord , come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants! Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory.
Psalms 90:13-16 NLT
This verse made me think about camping and how that first cup of coffee in the morning (black, in a tin camping mug) tastes like the best thing ever! If you know me at all, you know I like cream and sugar in my coffee, black coffee is totally bitter tasting to me. But there is so much comfort and warmth and satisfaction in a cup of black coffee on a chilly morning.
And I now know why.
That coffee is like the dry crust in this verse. In order to enjoy it, you need to leave the chaos of the world behind. Only then will you find the peace you need to experience the joy that is really all around you going unnoticed.
We don’t have to go camping to find that peace and joy. We just need to find that place of quiet with God.
Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.
Proverbs 17:1 NLT
Believers tend to focus on the positives, have you noticed that? We are born again, a new creation in Christ! This is true and with these thoughts come peace and joy. However, that peace and joy only are found on the other side of sorrow, deep grief, sadness, and gloom.
Otherwise known as remorse, or better still…repentence.
To repent means to change one’s mind about something, to turn away from. Before you can repent you actually have to look at it, understand it, and make a choice to turn away from it. It’s a process and it’s emotionally messy. And it doesn’t just happen once and then you’re good to go. Repentance occurs daily in some cases, until the thing you are choosing to turn away from no longer is “a thing”.
Each sin repented brings you one more glimpse of the peace and joy God gives and that creates a desire for more of Him in your heart.
Don’t shun the sorrow and grief in an attempt to that “joyful” Christian. Live in truth and embrace the messiness because that is how God created a joyful Christian!
Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
James 4:9-10 NLT
Noise surrounds me.
I hear the TV in my left ear,
my child in my right ear,
A train whistle from the tracks,
competing with the tea kettle.
Across the room
my tabby cat cleans herself,
innocently slurping her paw and
it adds to this symphony.
Down the hall, the whisper
of another TV escapes a room,
And I notice the ticking of the
the kitchen clock behind me.
I am amazed at what I hear.
In these brief moments of clarity,
within the chaos,
I’m seconds away from insanity,
and God grants me peace.
I silently smile as I listen
to the sound of my chaos.
I am laughing inside,
at the sudden joy I am filled with!
God truly knows what I need
before I even ask.
Thank You, God
and by the way,
Just a note about this poem: It’s 7:21 pm on 2/13/15, in a small house in the Pacific NW. I am sitting in my chair with my laptop on my lap…and this poem IS my reality right now! 🙂 I am still smiling, still thanking God, finding more and more sounds absolutely hilarious as they add to the chaotic symphony in my head! Maybe I have lost my sanity? ~laughs~ Either way, I’m filled with joy!
Peace to my brothers and sisters around the world, those who are sane and especially those who have lost it, like me!