Do you know what joy really feels like? Have you experienced that pure happiness when you are with your loved ones maybe sitting around the table just shooting the breeze or playing board games, messing around with each other and feeling so comfortable that you want to remember every detail of what is going on so you can store it in your happy memory bank? I have. My son and future daughter in law visited from Massachusetts this past two weeks and my daughter and her boyfriend visited from San Jose as well and we just sat around joking, having fun, singing silly songs, etc. Simple yet very memorable.
Included in this scenario are pure belly laughs that reach deep down as such deep happiness! Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit. Perhaps the reason why it feels so good is because it is a pure feeling from God. I believe God wants us to feel such joy in our spirits just as a precursor to what He has in store for us in His kingdom. But I can't help but believe that such joy pales in comparison to the one we will experience with God in heaven.
I am pretty sure true joy from God doesn't come from living a sheltered life but neither does it come from ignorance of the world's paint. It comes from a deep assurance that God is good and is working for good in all things.
God wants us to know that regardless of the tough situations we are now experiencing in the world don't shake us because we know that He is there to keep us safe. He wants us to know that we can walk through life in peach and rest knowing that we are trusting in Him.
When God says, "Cast your anxiety on me" 1 Peter 5:7 and "Do not worry about tomorrow" Matthew 6:34, He is directing us back to Him so we can rest in pure joy!
He wants us to to experience true joy, not to be oblivious of the world, but to instill in us His strength to live and love others in the midst of it. We need to take full advantage of this GIFT FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT!
Until my next rant... LOVE ONE ANOTHER!!