by: Staci Landis
In the beautiful moments of life.
And in the storms.
In the beautiful moments, joy seems automatic. Everything makes sense. Peace and hope fill the heart with unspeakable joy that few words could ever describe.
Those moments when you feel the love of God through the very act of breathing. Being able to wake up and breathe and move and live another day.
And there is unexplainable joy.
It's often difficult to see the joy in the storms, but it is there. We wonder if God is near. We question if we matter. Those moments when we feel as if life is empty. There isn't a point to all of this.
To these struggles. To these trials in our lives that feel like the deepest, darkest valley with no escape.
But then ...
A smile from a stranger.
A beautiful sunset.
A conversation with a friend.
A truth whispered into our hearts.
An unexplainable knowing that all things work together for the good of those who love and put their trust in God. It becomes a promise; a truth. Not simply just another verse in the Bible.
Joy is woven into the very core of our being. God made us in His image to experience life to the fullest, which includes pain and sorrow, but which also includes peace, hope, love and joy.
He sent His Son, Jesus, to be the author and perfecter of our faith.
He sent His Son to carry our burdens.
He sent His Son to give us hope.
He sent His Son to show us who we are without Him. To save us.
God sent His Son to remind us that He loves us and that He has a plan. He knows the beginning from the end.
His desire is to be everything for us so His power can be seen and shared with an unbelieving world. To offer this world the gift of His Son.
Our lives should be living proof of who He is. Not perfection in our own ways, but an undeniable, unexplainable reliance on a God that knows everything and can be trusted with our entire lives.
God doesn't have to use us. He doesn't need us. But He chooses to. He loves us.
God allows us to experience and choose joy in all circumstances so we can be an extension of who He is to this world that will never know true joy apart from Jesus.