I have been enjoying some wide open skies.
The Lord makes me very happy;
all that I am rejoices in my God. – Isaiah 61:10a
I am pondering the truth of the beginning of this verse as I pray for my kids. They are all hurting and missing Peru a lot. God is with them, and he will be with them always. That is a truth I know, and it gives me peace. Jesus was a man of sorrows as he endured the pain and struggles of the this life and the cross for the joy set before him. And so I know pain and happiness can travel together. So I hurt a little to watch my kids suffer in the present even though I know that there is a greater joy in front of them. Praise God for that assurance.
“Perhaps approaching God the same way—life as a joint endeavor, God and me, God working with and through me—holds a secret to spiritual joy as well.” – Surviving the Wasteland of Faith in Christianity Today Magazine.
I like to think about walking through life with my friend Jesus beside me. We are not alone, ever, and that is a good thing to remember.
I didn’t meet a lot of “cool” people in the church where I first heard the gospel. I met some regular people who displayed profound peace, contentment, and happiness. When I saw these qualities, I couldn’t ignore them. These were qualities I wanted, too, and they drew me toward the Christ they worshiped. And when I came to know Jesus myself, the happiness I found in him was deeper than I’d ever dreamed.
Alcorn, Randy (2015-09-17). Happiness (p. 156). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
From Sunday School yesterday we had the idea that you can have a complicated life yet still practice the spiritual discipline of simplicity. The simplicity derives from the simple preoccupation on the one thing that matters. Love the Lord you God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself. If we turn our minds to that thought over and over again, then our lives can appear complicated but they will flow out of a simplicity of thought and purpose.