Over the weekend I watched my daughter as she danced and sang in the living room. Her arms rose and fell more graceful than I could ever do. Her feet hit the floor with every beat and her body swayed back and forth. Granted, the words she sang were hard to understand and most of the time, you couldn’t understand or follow what she was signing about, but watching her brought me such joy. She doesn’t have a care in the world and it shows in her joyous attitude. No matter what is going on in life, I can always rely on my daughter to bring me happiness.
Shouldn’t that be true for all of us? Let’s admit it, life really sucks sometimes. It is hard, full of painful memories or situations, exhausting both physically and mentally, and sometimes, life just doesn’t seem bearable. However, it is in those moments that we should look at the little joys in life that bring us happiness or remember the joyous memories that God has given us. Those are the moments that make life worth living.
If you don’t have kids, maybe it is that book you read in your favorite spot or the moment at the end of the day when you can come home and spend time with your significant other. If you don’t have kids or a significant other, maybe it is the time spent with your friends or family. Those special moments are the ones we should cherish. Those are our little joys.
Some of you might say that life is a dark tribulation for you and it is hard to find any joy in life. I’ve been there; I have. There were moments that all I could focus on were the hard parts of life and there didn’t seem to be any joy in what I was going through. However, the only thing that ever got me through those though times were the little joys in life. They might not grow like wild flowers in your life but those moments still count. Hold onto those moments and cherish them.
Maybe, in this time of darkness for some of you, you should look for your joy in the Lord. Spend time with the Lord when things get rough. Pray and read through His word to find that peace and hope that you might so desperately need. Nehemiah 8:10 says, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength”. NIV God is our strength in the hard times and spending time with God in the hardest times of our lives is the one thing that brings us the most joy.
If you have never read the Bible or are asking, “How can reading God’s word bring me joy?” Well, think about it, reading God’s word brings us closer to Him. Who wouldn’t want to be closer to the One who brought us to life and carries us through the hard times? That should be our main source of joy.
So go out this week and think about the little joys that God gives you. When life takes a turn towards a trial, hold on tight to those little joys and spend time with God. They will get you through some tough times.
What are your little joys?