What is joy? We often equate joy with feelings of elation. And many times joy is this way, but it is also a sense of well-being, a profound peace that transcends understanding, the strength to smile when there is heartache and pain, and the choice to be thankful.
Yesterday, I was dealing with an emotional six year old. In her frustration over folding her blanket to put it away, she flung herself back on to her bed to sob, hoping that someone would notice her and extend some help. My initial feeling was to ignore her. This wasn’t the first thing I wanted to see or hear in the morning. Everyone in our household had to be downstairs to work-out together. The rest of my kids were dressed and running down the stairs to join their dad, who encouraged everyone to be ready to exercise at 6:30. My Catalina was not even trying. She was immovable in her distress, which I felt was very exaggerated and unnecessary.
Nevertheless, I felt God’s prodding to be gentle and patient with her, to let her know that I was there for her. Over a blanket? Why, Lord. Shouldn’t she just learn to deal with her emotions? I wasn’t in a rescuing mood.
she was, immovable and losing her peace over something so simple.
about how we will respond and react to the challenges that come our way.
Have you ever visited someone who has lost a loved one and left the place more comforted by their strength